State Jet Purchase Grounded

North Carolina's governor has canceled the state's planned purchase of a $9 million passenger jet

Officials are asking the plane's manufacturer to return a $250,000 deposit.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that Gov. Mike Easley ordered the cancellation after reporters inquired about the Cessna Citation jet. Easley this week told state agencies to plan for a 3 percent budget cut.

The Commerce Department wanted the jet to carry prospective industrial prospects to sites in North Carolina. The department currently uses a King Air propeller-driven plane.

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  • by ls Location: nb on Oct 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    gee...wonder what the state could've done with the $250,000 deposit that has already been paid on the jet? Think it will go back into the state retirement plan? NO
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 9, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    If he wanted a jet, why didn't he buy Sara Palin's jet on E-Bay? With that said, I guess a propeller plane isn't fast enough or 'posh' enough for our fair Governor. I am sure if he raises his wife's salary a little more he can buy one himself. I am glad he isn't buying it, but I am sure personal responsibility wasn't the reason for the change. Avoiding scandal was most likely the motivation. I wonder if he will continue to use his current plane, or if he is just going to downgrade his purchase from his original plan?
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Oct 9, 2008 at 05:43 AM
    If it weren't election time, Gov. Easley would by flying high. Too late to help Lt. Gov. Perdue on this one. Keep the democratic politics up here in NC and you may need to switch to carrier pigeons.

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