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McCaskill Releases Audit on Use of State-Owned Planes

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

Kansas City, MO – The State of Missouri owns too many airplanes, and they're not being used efficiently. That's according to Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill.

Her office Thursday released the results of a three-year usage study of the state's eight planes.

McCaskill said between 1999 and 2002, state flights cost more than 7 million dollars, and the Department of Transportation was one of the most frequent fliers.

"In some agencies there was a very clear directive about what kinds of
things you could use the plane for," McCaskill said. "In other agencies, they were flying around the state for cake and coffee for someone who was retiring."

Among other things, the audit recommends the state cut down on charter flights and develop a strict airplane usage policy.