More than $1 million granted to Iowa for Transportation

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky testified before the Iowa House on Tuesday in a public hearing, arguing against the omnibus budget bill proposed by Republicans.

Dvorsky said Republicans “didn’t do their job” to prevent layoffs and “responsibly fund education.”

Three Iowa entities will receive grants totaling more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The funds will be distributed to the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, and the Ottumwa Regional Airport.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, announced the funding Tuesday in a press release.

According to the release, the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport will receive $656,179 from the Federal Aviation Administration to better manage storm-water runoff.

The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau will be awarded $246,672 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reduce deaths and injuries by enforcing occupant-protection programs.

Ottumwa Regional Airport will receive $468,343 from the FAA to relocate a road that runs near the runway.

Iowa organizations, individuals, agencies, and colleges and universities are eligible to apply for federal government grants annual, and funds are awarded to the applicant’s “ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity,” Grassley said in the release.

— by Katie Heine

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