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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