When you hear the words Minnesota tourism, I doubt that the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities comes immediately to mind. But that’s the impression one firm hopes to change in their taxpayer funded marketing campaign. Nine metro cities must decide if they will move forward with the proposed budget increase to fund the newly formed “Twin Cities Gateway” organization. Stay tuned for any news from the nine-city coalition. We’ll let you know when to pack up the cooler, too, as you drive the Family Truckster to Friendly Fridley.
A recent report from Minnesota 2020, the St. Paul based “nonpartisan, progressive organization,” (i.e. a liberal think tank) concluded that rural airports are “under threat“ from decline in passenger counts and airline cutbacks. The report released at a press conference at the St. Cloud Airport recommends that the state should reduce aircraft registration fees and- you guessed it- raise fuel taxes.
The folks at MN2020 seem to be forgetting that Delta pulled service from St. Cloud in late 2009 because of weak customer demand, and that despite a recent $5 million terminal renovation and $750,000 boarding bridge to nowhere (built with federal funds), the airport is still without commercial service. Maybe taxing and spending isn’t the answer this time.
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