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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:50 AM

Concerns Raised Over Mo. Highway Patrol Purchase Of New $5.6M Plane

Some Republicans in the State Senate are expressing outrage that the Missouri State Highway Patrol spent $5.6 million on a new airplane that could be used by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other elected state officials. Freshman Senator Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) says he and a few other senators paid a visit today to Jefferson City Memorial Airport to examine the King Air 250. He says lawmakers should have had input into the purchase.

“It was circumventing the legislature to purchase a new plane for the governor to fly around the state to have these press conferences," Silvey said. "It’s very troubling, especially at this time…this is the Governor that recommended cutting $100 million out of Higher Education last year.”

Silvey says he was told by the Highway Patrol that the plane’s first flight was today, and that it would be used to take Governor Nixon to St. Louis. He also says he took pictures of the plane and posted them to his Twitter account. The governor’s office referred all calls to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which has not responded to our requests for a comment.

http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/concerns-raised-over-mo-highway-patrol-purchase-new-56m-plane

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liberal N proud Jan 2013 #1
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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:57 AM

1. Whatever they are saying, this is the real reason they object:

"could be used by Democratic Governor "

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:23 AM

2. That is exactly what I was thinking. Of course they'd have to problem if it were a republican using

 

it. They would find any justification having it. Hypocrisy with republicans is something to see.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:40 AM

3. Precisely

because, Democratic Governors of any state should not access to an aircraft for travel on official business.

It is all about their twisted view of things and not the needs of the public or the officeholder serving the public.

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