Then, the same day we hear the airport is turned down for a $700,000 grant from the Feds to get flights direct to the east coast. The lack of flights to the east was important enough to prompt combined pledges of $100,000 in public funds from The city of Boise, Idaho Division of Tourism Development and the Greater Boise Auditorium District. BAD NEWS!
The Daily Paper quoted a Boise Chamber of Commerce spokesperson saying, “A non-stop route to the East Coast is important for our business travelers based here in Boise, but it’s also important for businesses considering a move to Boise. Ease of accessible flights in or out of Boise is a priority for companies looking to relocate.” HUH?
Apparently the lack of flights meant nothing to the #7 ranking in Travel & Leisure magazine, but are so critical we need $700,000 in Federal cash and $100K from Idaho taxpayers to subsidize the airlines.
As former Idaho Senator Steve Syms likes to say, “Pretty hard to suck and blow at the same time.”
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