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"User charges" replace excise taxes in Obama's proposed budget PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:44

The Obama Administration has released the first budget and aviation groups are in outrage. “The Budget proposes repealing some aviation excise taxes and replacing these taxes with direct user charges,” quotes a line from page 129 of the budget found here. These user fees would begin in 2011 and would fund approximately half of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) $7 billion budget. “It is often said the devil is in the details, but even with only a few details, we are concerned,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller in a press release, noting the lack of details in the budget. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent a letter to the Administration, expressing they are very “troubled by the budget outline issued by the White House.” National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne also disagreed with the proposed budget. "While the Bush Administration proposed a similar user fee, NATA is hopeful that Congress will reject the proposal as they've done previsouly," express Coyne.

The “user charges” should concern general aviation as well as charter airlines. “Direct user charges are just another name for user fees,” noted Fuller.