in Missouri are looking into airplane flights paid for by the
Department of Transportation, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
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.
audit of state government airplane use by the staff of State
Auditor Claire McCaskill is due within the month.