It appears the governor will get his plane.
In a close vote, the Appropriations Committee has decided to include a $2.2 million appropriation in the budget it will submit to the Unicameral next week. Some lawmakers have complained that the purchase isn’t appropriate during difficult budgetary times.
Earlier, Gov. Dave Heineman made his case for the plane during a question and answer period with reporters. Heineman stated he and state agencies need a plane to travel the state.
“This is about having access to the governor for every citizen of the state of Nebraska,” Heineman told reporters when asked about the request. “It’s an hour’s drive to Omaha. By plane, almost anywhere in Nebraska is available to the governor in an hour; an hour and 15 minutes.”
The Appropriations Committee voted 5-3 to include the plane in the proposed state budget for the next two years. Under the proposal, the state would buy the Beechcraft Super King Air from the University of Nebraska Foundation.