Scott puts state plane on the bidding blockby Dara Kam | January 5th, 2011
State officials’ high-flying days are over.
Gov. Rick Scott is selling the state’s two airplanes, saying the $2.4 million a year to operate the aircraft is a waste.
“The privilege of using a state-owned aircraft is an unnecessary burden to taxpayers, especially when lower-cost travel options exist,” Scott said in a press release. “As elected officials it is our responsibility to utilize the most affordable options for official business, and I do not believe state-owned airplanes are the best option.”
State lawmakers, Florida Supreme Court judges, Cabinet officials and, of course, the governor, have used the plane to travel around the state and, in some cases, run into trouble for cruising back and forth between Tallahassee and their hometowns or elsewhere on the taxpayer dime.
Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and former Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman both got into trouble for allegedly misusing the plane.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tried to sell one of her state’s planes on eBay, but she wound up selling it through a jet broker.