Trump budget cuts air service in rural communities | TheHill
"President Trump’s budget would end federal support for air service in rural communities, many of which voted for him in the election.
The spending blueprint, released Thursday, proposes entirely eliminating funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, arguing that EAS flights “are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger” and that “several EAS-eligible communities are relatively close to major airports.”
The 40-year old program, which costs taxpayers about $175 million per year, gives small towns and communities access to air service, providing better access to businesses in those areas. Some local officials have said they could not continue air service without federal subsidies."
I doubt this will make it through the Republican-controlled Congress, given how many rural votes feed their party. Alaska in particular depends on this, given we do not have road systems connecting our communities to everywhere else.