County Democrats Oppose FAA Cuts

Atlantic County Democratic Freeholder candidates Caren Fitzpatrick, Thelma Witherspoon, and Ashley Bennett today announced their opposition to any plans by Congress or the Trump Administration that would cause mass layoffs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“The William J. Hughes Technical Center is one of the largest employers in Atlantic County,” said Fitzpatrick, Witherspoon, and Bennett. “Any efforts to seriously cut its budget or lay off workers would have a devastating effect on our economy, which is still recovering from the closings of four casinos.”

The William J. Hughes Technical Center campus in Egg Harbor Township directly and indirectly employs approximately 3,000 people. It is also home to the 177th Fighter Wing and the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park.

“The Technical Center is a current and future economic driver in our region, contributing nearly $680 million in spending and salaries to the South Jersey economy.[1] We are vehemently opposed to any efforts by Washington to lay off workers,” said Fitzpatrick, Witherspoon, and Bennett.

Fitzpatrick, Witherspoon, and Bennett will continue to voice their opposition to any proposed cuts as the reauthorization process continues in Washington.

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[1]http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/traffic/how-the-faa-tech-center-drives-aviation-research-local-economy/article_443f9afa-d048-11e5-8169-d79965072092.html