The Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., is a prime example of taxpayer spending that refuses to die. Representative John Murtha steered some 150 million of taxpayer dollars to this eponymous airport over the last decade and despite the fact he died more than a year ago, the money keeps on coming.The money keeps flowing. Congress just reauthorized a $100 subsidy on most tickets. That's 50% of a lot of tickets. It isn't a lot of money because almost no one flies there. Pretty much the only place you can fly is Washington, DC. What a shocker.
Three years ago, we first visited the tiny airport, and found a monument to pork barrel spending: An airport with a $7 million air traffic control tower, $14 million hanger, and $18 million runway big enough to land any airplane in North America. For most of the day, the only thing this airport doesn't have is airplanes.
So why did a Congress that can't agree on anything agree to spend more money on an airport we don't need, and that almost no one flies through?
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