VanLoh: What he said

04/04/2013 4:24 PM

05/20/2014 10:41 AM

Kansas City Aviation director Mark VanLoh apparently claimed a weekend Star story on the airport misquoted him when he talked about potential federal funding for the airport terminal.

We said “large-scale federal participation in the project faces headwinds.”

Here’s what VanLoh said:

“We will be going after federal money, grants, and things we already get today. But I told the consultants I don’t want to see a financing plan banking on anything from the federal government. The way things are going in D.C. I don’t want to count on one dime coming from them.

“We already get money every year from the AIP (Airport Improvement Program). We get money from passenger facility charges every year. We get discretionary dollars. We’ll probably go after some environmental grants because this building will be gold LEED.

“So there’s all kinds of pots of money out there. But I want this terminal to be able to stand on its own with the money that we make now. No new dollars...

“I’m sure going to go into Washington and try. But I’m not counting on anything from those knuckleheads.”

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