Lewis, 20 Other Mayors Back Petition, Recognize the Value of General Aviation
February 28, 2013
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  • The Alliance for Aviation Across America announced today that 21 mayors from the state – including Auburn’s Pete Lewis – have joined town and city officials from throughout the country in recognizing the critical importance of general aviation to communities.

    The petition – the alliance said – comes in response to recent White House remarks about general aviation, which stated that American companies that use business aircraft do so because “it’s extremely convenient and they can afford it.”

    The petition specifically cites the harm of the Obama administration’s negative rhetoric and increased taxes on businesses, farms and nonprofit organizations that depend on general aviation, and highlights the struggle that the industry has faced.

    In Washington, general aviation contributes more than $3.18 billion to the economy every year and supports 7,615 jobs, according to the alliance.

    Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a nonprofit, non-partisan coalition of more than 6,000 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBOs, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.
    Washington mayors supporting the petition:

    Pete Lewis – Auburn
    Barbara Tolbert – Arlington
    Robert Goedde – Chelan
    Lee Webster – Brewster
    Patty Lent – Bremerton
    Chuck Spieth – Oroville
    Bill Simpson – Aberdeen
    Patrick D. Rushing – Airway Heights
    Doug Plinski – Odessa
    Ken Estes – Montesano
    Lisa Walters – Battle Ground
    Patrick Plumb – Tonasket
    Glenn A. Johnson – Pullman
    Bill Ecret – Moses Lake
    Vikki Bonfield – Asotin
    Neil Johnson, Jr. – Bonney Lake
    Rebecca Olness – Black Diamond
    Marilynn Lynn – Bridgeport
    Randall Crowner – Albion
    Jack Durney – Hoquiam
    David Baker – Kenmore

    To view the mayors’ petition, click here.