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Tiny Oklahoma airport attracts federal money, but few planes

Oklahoman Modified: February 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013

Lake Murray airport gets $150,000 every year, the result of a federal grant program set up 13 years ago, the Washington Post reports.
Every year, Oklahoma is allotted $150,000 in federal funding because of this place, the result of a grant program established 13 years ago, in Congress’s golden age of pork. The same amount goes to hundreds of other tiny airfields across the country — including more than 80 like this one, with no paying customers and no planes based at the field.

It’s also an example of the kind of spending — wide-ranging, constituent-pleasing giveaways — that Washington has struggled to swear off in this time of austerity. Once again, for example, Congress voted to continue giving money to local airports last year. And in Oklahoma, state officials voted to keep the airport open and, therefore, be able to take it.

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