August 29, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is the latest state trying to
unload pricey property because of the economic meltdown.
The state House voted Thursday to sell an eight-seat jet valued
at $3.7 million that's used to haul Gov. Haley Barbour and other
officials around. The plan needs Senate approval.
The jet can be sold by competitive bid or on eBay. It costs
about $1,600 an hour to operate.
House Appropriations Chairman Johnny Stringer says selling the
jet would provide another revenue source for the cash-strapped
state. Officials would still have three taxpayer-funded planes to
Stringer says he got the idea from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who
made headlines when she tried unsuccessfully to sell her state's
jet on eBay. Other states have sold desks, police cruisers and
armored personnel carriers.
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