Governor's Crew's Airfare To Pike County Over $7,000

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear took three planeloads
of officials with him to Pike County at a cost of more than $7,000
for the first stop in a six-week statewide tour.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the flights came just days
after Beshear suggested ways state workers could conserve on fuel
when commuting.

Beshear, joined by all but two of his Cabinet secretaries,
presided over the town-hall meeting in the eastern Kentucky town of
Virgie to talk with constituents.

Three planes left Frankfort's Capitol Airport Thursday bound for
Pike County-Hatcher Field, according to the airplane tracking Web
site FlightAware.com.

Political opponents criticized the move, pointing to the state's
budget crunch. The administration defended the flights, saying they
saved officials' time.

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, who flew in
one of the planes, said Beshear will likely take top aides with him
to the other 12 planned stops in the tour slated to end in August.

But Peters said the officials are likely to drive to many of the
other events and will try to combine other business with the future
town-hall meetings.


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  • by Soandso Location: Footpath on Mountain side on Jul 21, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    I thank the Gov ort to rent a mule, horse, or car. Hit's much cheaper.
  • by thomas Location: pikeville on Jul 20, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    I thought eastern KY was in a budget melt down?? How can our governor spend 7,000 on one of his six-week statewide tour we will be broke by the time he is done...
  • by Renee Location: Whitesburg on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    I agree with Eric. The politicians haven't got a clue what it's like to live payday to payday especially with the economy in the shape it's in today. A six week statewide tour at a cost of $7,000 a day....that's $294,000. I can think of many other ways the state could spend that kind of money rather than letting a bunch of "state officials" take a statewide tour (vacation) on the taxpayers dollar. What a joke! Hope they hit all the tourist attractions.
  • by henry Location: letcher on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    say what you want, I think its a great ideal. at least this governor is listening to the people. unlike the fed. gov. and if he had gone to lex or to the western or northern part of the state, nothing would have been said. and as for the amount that was spent on his and his aides travels as a tax payer I think it is money well spent. he's doing his job, from an independent shut up and let him do his job.
  • by Bill on Jul 20, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    For most of us in Eastern Ky., a trip to town, only can happen about once a month now.The cost of fuel, the price of goods, have gone out of site.while the police gurad the rds looking to take you jail if you don't have money for insurance,or sp. seats for the kids. Then you see the govener spending like theres no tomarrow.You turn on the news and you hear talk of millions, billions.No#s that we don't even understand.
  • by Jack Location: Paintsville on Jul 20, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    Another prime example of a politician wasting taxpayer's money.
  • by harley Location: kentucky on Jul 20, 2008 at 03:18 AM
    "a thousand miles from nowhere, time don't matter to me"
  • by STRESSED ERIC Location: BELL CO. on Jul 20, 2008 at 02:40 AM
    GOOD JOB BESHEAR ON SAVING THE TAX PAYERS MONEY. MORE THAN $7,000 FOR STARTERS ON A BS TRIP, OUR VOTES REALLY COUNTED THIS TIME...LOL! BUT WHAT DO I KNOW? I'M JUST A HARD WORKING MAN TRYING TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY AND THE GOVERNOR.

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