Local airports will be receiving millions to build and upgrade.

Congress has authorized spending $564 million as part of the government’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” program to both build new airports and fix existing airports. Local projects will be getting a share of the spending, which will be used to create employment opportunities for laid off construction workers and engineers.

The following is breakdown of local awarded funds:

  • $3.8 million to New Ulm Municipal to build a runway extension.
  • $2.3 million to Blue Earth Municipal to repair their runway.
  • $96,000 to Le Seur to buy land.
  • $62,000 to Waseca for a taxiway.

Airports in Rushford, Jackson, Fairbault and Owatonna will also be receiving funding. ìThis is a small price to pay to help folks out who want to work,î President Barack Obama said.

Opponents to the increased spending point out that the “Let’s Get Back to Work” program might end up costing $1 trillion.


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