CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Good news for Heartland airports.
Taxpayer subsidies are back in the transportation budget.
Last year, congress prohibited subsidies from exceeding one-thousand-dollars a passenger.
The essential air service program, subsidizes flights to 120 communities in 35 states including the Cape Girardeau and Paducah airports.
The program awards contracts, usually worth between one-and two-million-dollars a year.
Supporters of the subsidies say having access to air service is crucial to the economies of rural towns.