State Government Leaders Meet, Speak About Future of Central WI Airport

By: Al Knox - Email
By: Al Knox - Email
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We’ve told you about possible budget cuts the sequester will have on the badger state. We spoke with State Senator Jerry Petrowski about what will happen if these cuts do happen.

One place that could really be hit by the budget cuts is Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.

State representatives, county leaders and state senator Jerry Petrowski were all in Mosinee with one thing on their mind today, discussing what if any impact could the state see in the coming weeks if budget cuts actually happened.

There were a variety of topics discussed including; mining, the possible closing of local paper mills and education cuts that will surely have an impact here in our area if they go through. Another big question was the fate of Central Wisconsin Airport if the proposed cuts do occur. Senator Petrowski says it's still unclear what if any cuts will actually happen. He does say the state is preparing to do what they can if they would need to move ahead with less money.

“We are certainly looking to see what those changes are going to do. We’ve come up against this before and somehow there is some deal made where it pushes it back. I understand that the Federal Government doesn’t have all the money they'd like either but everyone has to live within their means,” says Petrowski.

Senator Petrowski says a lot of these cuts are well beyond the state's control, and that it's more of a waiting game to see what impact the sequester will have on us here in central Wisconsin.

CWA Director of Operations,James Olson, says the airport will know exactly what cuts would be taking effect- if any- by Friday morning. The original deadline was today, but the FAA and Congress have decided to move it back a few days.

Olson says the main cuts would most likely be to the tower at the airport and the staff that mans them throughout the day. That would leave Minnesota, or other regional airports in charge of operations on the CWA runways. He also says they’re optimistic the cuts won't change business, and they will continue on as normal until they hear differently.

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