Missouri governor uses state aircraft the most

Jan 27, 2015

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  An investigation by Missouri's state auditor has found that Governor Jay Nixon is the biggest user of the state's aircraft.

The audit, released by Tom Schweich's office, states that 80 percent of state plane travel is conducted by the governor's office. Nixon said he had not seen the audit but said the plane helps him visit every part of the state.

"The planes are useful," Nixon said. "And I'll continue to, when state business calls, continue to use them."

Schweich also reported that the state could have saved almost 300 thousand dollars if conservation and transportation commissioners had driven instead of flying in 20-12 and 20-13.

The department of transportation and the department of conservation both responded in the audit that the flights are necessary to get commissioners to meetings in a timely manner and they plan to continue to use the state’s planes.