Scott Walker: State can match or exceed 100,000 to lure military planes at Truax

Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday the state can match or exceed $100,000 in state taxpayer subsidies to house 18 F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field, but he emphasized that money won’t be the deciding factor.

“It’s not a question of money,” Walker said. “If that’s the case, we certainly could match or exceed that,” he said, referring to a bill Republican Idaho Gov. Butch Otter recently signed committing $100,000 to help land the federal contract.

“But that’s really not what they’re looking at,” Walker added. “They’re looking at what’s the most appropriate place for the operations of the F-35.”


Madison’s Truax Field is one of five National Guard bases in the running to base the growing fleet of F-35s. Two are to be selected, possibly by the end of this year or early next year.

Wisconsin is competing against Dannelly Field, Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville Air National Guard Base in Florida; and Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit.

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