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Online Petition Created to Oppose Aviation User Fees

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 9:41 AM

An online petition has been created at We The People to garner support against Aviation User Fees as currently proposed in legislation.  If the petition receives 5,000 "signatures" by October 23, White House staff will review it, ensure that it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.

Kevin M. from Marion, Iowa was the first to sign the petition on September 23 and as of this morning (Tuesday, September 27) it has received over 2,300 signatures.

"At a time when we should be working to simplify the tax codes, the administration wants to make it more complex by adding another new fee to the aviation system.

The aviation community understands the need to raise revenue at a time when we all need to sacrifice, however, this should be done by increasing tax rates on aviation fuel, rather than on a per-flight basis. By using an existing system of revenue generation, the administration can put more of the revenue collected towards the operation of the air traffic control system, thus improving safety for the system overall.

Furthermore, a tax on fuel more accurately reflects the actual ATC services used over a fixed flat fee, as a flight from NYC to LA will require more controller time than a flight from NYC to Boston."

» For more information or to sign the petition, CLICK HERE!