Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft. More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th. Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.
Some Republicans in the State Senate are expressing outrage that the Missouri Highway Patrol spent more than $5.5 million on a new airplane that could be used by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and other elected state officials.
Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:43 pm
Missouri transportation officials are considering a proposal to restructure how much MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for their life and health insurance.
Currently, the cost percentage varies, based on several individual factors. Rudolph Farber chairs the state Highways and Transportation Commission. He says the proposal they’re considering would have all employees pay the same percentage.