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A Billion Dollars in New Travel Taxes: Bad For Business Says GBTA

Tuesday night, Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray released a budget outline that included an increase in the "9/11 Aviation Security Fee" from $2.50 per enplanement to $5.60 per flight next year.

GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick issued the following statement: “Putting aside the rhetoric, a tax by any other name is still a tax. Under the proposed budget, business travelers will share the burden of a billion dollars in new aviation security taxes. To aggravate the damage to business travel and U.S. businesses’ ability to conduct business effectively, the additional revenue will not be used to fund programs that benefit travelers. Enough is enough – business travelers are not bottomless piggy banks. Punishing a key driver of economic growth is the wrong approach. GBTA urges Congress to reject an increase in the aviation security tax.”