Friday, April 5, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration extended the closure deadline of 149 traffic control towers, including Crites Field, to give airports more time to execute the changes to the National Airspace System
The closure of the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field traffic control tower has been delayed to June 15. The Federal Aviation Administration had previously planned to close several Wisconsin airport towers in April and May, including the tower at Waukesha County Airport. The Wisconsin closures are part of 149 other traffic control tower closures across the country due to $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. Extending the deadline will give the FAA and airports more time to execute the changes to the National Airspace System, according to a release from the FAA. The FAA also indicated that approximately 50 airport authorities and other stakeholders across the country have indicated they may join the FAA’s non-Federal Contract …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Gov. Scott Walker says the state will consider funding the airport traffic control towers, which are slated to close due to federal budget cuts.
Gov. Scott Walker said that the state might help prevent the closures of airport traffic control towers, including one in Waukesha County, from closing, reported Patch media partners WISN 12. Last week the Federal Aviation Administration announced the closures of the Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field traffic control tower, along with 148 other towers across the country due to federal budget cuts. Other Wisconsin airport towers that are being shut down include La Crosse, Janesville, Oshkosh, Milwaukee (Timmerman), Kenosha, Eau Claire and Mosinee. One airport director asked Walker for assistance to stay open and Walker indicated it may be possible; he said the aiport control towers will be kept in mind during the budget process.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Waukesha County traffic control tower is one of 149 towers being shut down across the nation. A total of eight towers are being shut down in Wisconsin.
The Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field traffic control tower is being shut down, along with 148 other towers across the country due to federal budget cuts. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the closures on Friday. Other Wisconsin airport towers that are being shut down include La Crosse, Janesville, Oshkosh, Milwaukee (Timmerman), Kenosha, Eau Claire and Mosinee. Waukesha is the third busiest airport in Wisconsin. Airport General Manager Kurt Stanich told Waukesha Now the airport has 60,000 takeoffs and landings a year, adding the cuts are “unnecessary.” Waukesha County Supervisor Michael Crowley believes that closing of the "tower could jeopardize aviation safety and efficiency for the 200 aircraft based at Waukesha County …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Waukesha County officials are concerned about sequester-related cuts, which would leave the third busiest airport in Wisconsin without an air traffic controller.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
From overcoming a major speech impediment to the changes in a 100-year-old state law, Patch bloggers weighed in on a variety of topics this week. Here is a look at some of the most popular posts over the past week.
Blog posts in Wisconsin Patches this past week ran the gamut — from determining a "fair share" in our tax system to overcoming a speech impediment and hearing a child's first words. Every day, Patch's Local Voices bloggers share information, insight and opinion about what matters to them. Here's a selection of blogs from throughout the past week. Mount Pleasant Patch blogger, Bottom Line, asked readers, "What Is a Fair Share?" in a post this week that garnered more than 150 comments. He took a look at President Obama's request that the wealthy pay their fair share, but what is that fair share? Patch readers shared their ideas, ranging from a flat tax system to limiting the inheritance tax. While this isn't the newest post on Patch, this …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
More than 180 federal employees who work in Waukesha County could potentially be affected by sequester, which is slated to start Friday.
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect more than 185 federal employees working in Waukesha County. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Wisconsin by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the U.S. Office of Personnel …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Report released Sunday by Obama administration details more than a dozen areas in which federal aid would be cut — primarily in education and health care.
Wisconsin would see more than $27 million in federal funds cut from a myriad of programs if Congress fails to act this week to avoid the sequester, the Obama administration said Sunday. In a move designed to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect on Friday, the White House released reports that outlined how those cuts would impact individual states, The Huffington Post reported. In Wisconsin, most of the $27.4 million in looming cuts would affect education programs, the report said. For example, the state would lose $8.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 120 teacher and teacher aide jobs at risk. Wisconsin also would lose about $10.…