I eagerly await Mr. Hunter's criticism of even greater federal expenditures for the expansion of an airport serving even fewer South Dakotans. Mr. Hunter's own newspaper reports that the municipal airport right here in Madison, population 6,500, stands to receive about $4.5 million in federal handouts for various projects over the next three years.
Now I cannot speak to the quality or value of our fine local airport. I've never flown out of Madison. Neither has anyone else I can think of. So I would like to know:
- How many local residents use the Madison airport to travel out of the county?
- How many businesspeople, hunters, tourists, and other sources of business activity fly into the Madison airport each year?
- How much economic activity is generated by the Madison airport?