Gov. Dave Heineman says the legislature should act, not delay a decision on whether to purchase a state airplane.
The legislature has advanced a budget bill that strips $2.2 million appropriated to buy a King Air plane owned by the University of Nebraska Foundation, which the state has been leasing. Instead, the legislature has ordered a study be made of the state’s air travel needs.
Heineman says there’s no need to put off the issue.
“It’s time to make a decision,” Heineman tells reporters during a conference call. “It’s like buying a car. Do you want to buy a good, used state plane in this case which is what we think we should do or buy a new plane? And I think it’s just time to make a decision.”
Legislators questioned whether the governor’s office had entered a sweetheart deal with the university foundation.