Republicans question Beshear's air travel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson
is asking the state auditor to investigate whether Democratic Gov.
Steve Beshear has reported about $85,000 in free air travel aboard
state aircraft.
Robertson sent a letter to Auditor Crit Luallen on Monday asking
her to check whether Beshear reported his personal use of official
planes. If not, Robertson asked that Luallen notify the IRS.
The Democratic Party reimbursed the state for Beshear's use of
official aircraft, including for a family outing to the NCAA Final
Four basketball tournament last year in Texas.
Robertson said that's a fringe benefit that the IRS should know
about.
Robertson suggested the request is reasonable considering
Luallen's office had previously notified the IRS about Agriculture
Commissioner Richie Farmer's personal use of a state-assigned
automobile.
Beshear aides had no immediate comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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