Briefing: May 2013
Towers Close As Federal Budget Stalls
With officials in Washington unable to agree on a budget compromise, the stalemate known as the “sequester” resulted in an announcement that 149 contract towers across the country will be closed, starting in April. Although the budget restrictions apply only to this fiscal year, which ends September 30, it’s unclear whether any of the closed towers will be included in the next budget. Some local entities have come forward to fund operations, but many are likely to close through the summer, and perhaps for good. At least a few of the towers are nearly brand-new.
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