The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is introducing a bill that would privatize air traffic control at the nation’s airports, separating the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) traffic control responsibilities from its role as a regulatory agency.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-TN) is planning to file a bill spinning off FAA’s operational arm, the Air Traffic Organization, into an independent nonprofit corporation overseen by a board of directors representing airlines, private plane owners, and organized labor associations.
‘Regulators,’ Not ‘Service Providers’
Marc Scribner, a transportation policy research fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says reforms of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system are long overdue.
“The United States is now poised to finally reform air traffic control in a manner similar to what most of the industrialized world...
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is campaigning across the state for the first gasoline tax increase in 25 years.
The tax would raise money for proposed increases in state infrastructure spending.
Jonathan Williams, vice president of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Center for State Fiscal Reform, says state governments should set spending priorities before seeking tax hikes.
In March, Haslam proposed spending $120 million in surplus revenue on a new state museum.
U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing the Senate’s version of the Restoring America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bill, which would make online poker and gambling a federal crime.
In February, RAWA was introduced in the House by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
RAWA would overrule the U.S. Department of Justice’s official interpretation of anti-wagering laws by rewording federal law and expanding the Wire Act of 1961’s scope to include online poker.
Michelle Minton, a...