Mayors Write Nelson and Thune over Air Traffic Control Privatization
March 10, 2017
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  • U.S. Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the committee, received letters from more than 100 mayors asking lawmakers to reject any proposal to separate air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration. The list includes seven Florida mayors: Kent Guinn of Ocala, Eugene Fultz of Lake Wales, Robert F. Apgar of DeLand, Lauren Poe of Gainesville, John A. Miller of Fernandina Beach, Bill Barnett of Naples and Gene Whitfield of Zephyrhills. The mayors are rallying against an effort to privatize air traffic control, which they say would drive up ticket prices and give private enterprise control over infrastructure funding as well as taxes and fees.