President Obama recently visited Las Vegas, a city with a 13% unemployment rate. Not surprisingly, it was an airline employee who asked how he would bring jobs and tourism back to the community. The President’s response pleased us both:
“If we can upgrade those [air traffic control] technologies, then we could reduce delays,” he said. “We could reduce cancellations, we could reduce the amount of time that it takes when there’s bad weather for planes to land, and all that would also help improve profitability in the airline industry, which in turn would mean that they would be able to hire more workers and provide outstanding customer service.”
That’s another way of saying that jobs would be created by reauthorizing spending for the Federal Aviation Administration. A lot of them, and for a long time.
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