Department of Transportation has grounded employees who were using state
planes to fly around the state, according to media reports.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Feb. 23 that state officials in
Missouri were looking into airplane flights paid for by the 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.
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.
of state government airplane use by the staff of State Auditor Claire McCaskill
is due within the month.
Director Henry Hungerbeeler told The Kansas City Star that it was
worth looking at plane travel cuts as part of an effort to save money,
even though the trips are only a small part of his budget.