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February 25th, 2009
House bill includes San Marcos airport funding, Doggett says

by BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve $2.85 million today for the San Marcos municipal airport as part of the federal economic stimulus package.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced the award today and said he expects the senate to consider complimentary legislation next week. Assuming Republicans don’t filibuster the legislation, President Obama is expected to sign it into law in March.

The appropriation will fund a new terminal building and T-hangars that San Marcos leaders envision as the centerpiece of a larger airport redevelopment.

“In turbulent economic times, I am pleased to help bring this funding in for a landing. This appropriation builds on prior federal assistance to ensure a better, safer airport that will continue to attract new businesses to our community. It means construction jobs this year and a multiplier effect that will create other jobs in San Marcos at a tough period when we especially need them,” Doggett said in a written statement.

Also, Doggett announced an additional $143,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding, also as part of the Economic Recovery Law.

This is in addition to about $500,000 in CDBG funds that San Marcos already received last fall and at least a similar amount that it should receive again this fall. It is an investment in support of decision-making by local officials to meet important local needs,” Doggett said.

In 2006, a $4.5 million federal earmark for the airport died along with the rest of a transportation budget bill when the lame duck Republican majority adjourned without approving nine of 11 appropriations bills.

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