Missouri checking into Transportation Department flights

| 2/25/2003
State officials in Missouri are looking into airplane flights paid for by the Department of Transportation, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Feb. 23.

The state now faces its worst budget crunch in decades, and transportation officials have said their department needs more money to live up to its highway repair and construction obligations.

However, in the midst of that budget crisis, the newspaper said the Transportation Department paid for 229 flights costing more than $250,000 last year. According to The Post-Dispatch, the reasons listed for the flights included trips to official meetings, television interviews, public forums and truck inspections.

An audit of state government airplane use by the staff of State Auditor Claire McCaskill is due within the month.