Gov. Beshear Vetoes BG/Warren County Airport Funding

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- Governor Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky vetoed funding that would have helped bring commercial airline service to Bowling Green.

Beshear said in his veto message, "I am vetoing this part because there is a limited amount of funds in the Aviation Economic Development fund to provide for the development, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the 53 publicly owned or operated aviation facilities and for other aviation programs."

Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green tells us, he's very disappointed with this decision.

Richards said the money is still in the budget, but he and others will have to convince the Governor to use it for Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport.

It was $750,000 which is just a small fraction of the entire budget.

Airport officials said it was the money they needed to put together an attractive financial package of about $2 million for potential airlines.

The state House and Senate both approved this funding.

The Governor did close the message by saying, this is a worthy project and could still may be funded in the 2014-16 biennium.

Veto Message is attached to this story.

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