• Ballot Proposition Would Benefit Barksdale AFB, Northwest Louisiana Leaders Say0

    Leaders in northwest Louisiana are urging residents to approve a ballot proposition that would increase the hotel occupancy tax as a way to better position Barksdale Air Force Base ahead of a future BRAC round. One of the groups that would share the extra funds generated if the vote is successful is the Ark-La-Tex Regional Air Service Alliance, which plans to use the money for incentive packages to airlines to expand air service to Shreveport Regional Airport. Securing air service from the Shreveport-Bossier area to major hubs such as Chicago and Washington, D.C., will benefit Barksdale and economic development overall in the region …

  • Governor to Consider Airport Subsidy to Benefit Illinois Arsenal0

    Although his fiscal 2016 budget eliminated a $1.5 million subsidy to attract air service between the Quad Cities and Washington, D.C., Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he would revisit the issue. Supporters of Rock Island Arsenal believe attracting a commercial airline to provide direct service between Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., and Washington would help shield the installation from future cuts or closure. During a tour of the arsenal, Rauner told reporters he broached the topic with local leaders and said the subsidy would be considered in conjunction with his long-term agenda …