Minnesota raids aviation fund to balance state budget

May 23, 2008

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers cut a last-minute deal that would empty the state’s aeronautics fund to help fill a $1 billion budget gap, but AOPA is asking the governor to reverse the decision and find a solution that does not place such a heavy burden on aviation. In a May 22 letter, AOPA urged the governor to seek money from other sources, adding that the taxes pilots pay when buying fuel and registering aircraft should be used to support the state’s aviation system, not subsidize the general fund. Read more on AOPA Online.