Heineman Urges Legislators to Make Room for $2.2 Million Plane in Budget
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Gov. Dave Heineman says his $2.2 million budget request to buy an
airplane from the University of Nebraska Foundation is needed to reach
rural parts of the state quickly.
Heineman argued Monday that the
plane ensures that he and other state officials are accessible to
residents when needed. He says a state-owned plane is more
cost-efficient than relying on a charter service.
The plane is a
Beechcraft Super King Air plane. It is owned by the foundation but also
serves the governor, agency heads and other state officials. The
foundation has decided to sell the plane.
Appropriations Committee has so far declined to include the plane in its
proposed two-year budget. Some members have said they aren't yet
persuaded that it's necessary.