Lawmakers Hope Funding Will Return To BG-Warren County Regional Airport

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- "Very surprised and very disappointed," said Warren County Judge/Executive Mike Buchanon.

Officials in the Warren County area all say they were shocked when the Governor vetoed a project in the transportation bill last week, that cut funding for the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.
Now those officials are coming together to regain the Governor's attention.

"The Governor does, he still approves of our project. There were some other projects in the plan, maybe that didn't have the background work and couldn't prove that they might work," said Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

Officials said the funding from the vetoed project was going to be used as part of a package to attract a commercial airline to the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport. They said the move would not only offer convenience, but it would also help growth in the area.

"We lost a big company that was here, who chose to go to Florida, simply because we didn't have passenger service to bring in their executives," said Buchanon.

The $750,000 in state funding taken from the airport would've only been used if an airline lost money during their first year of operation. Officials still say they consider the money essential if commercial airline service is expected to operate in Bowling Green in the near future.

"We are going up to visit people in the administration next week, and hope to get a clearer picture of what this really means to us," added Buchanon.

Lawmakers said the Governor vetoed the projects in the budget, not the funding. That means there's still money left in the budget for the governor to give it to Bowling Green for the airport.

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