Governor Charlie Crist and other high ranking state officials have access to a fleet of three state planes.
Some groups are asking the state to sell the newest jet to save taxpayer money.
Crist says getting rid of the jet is still an option, but the state couldn’’t sell it. He said “It’s not off the table. It’s a decision for the legislature, but it’s hard for us to sell though because we don’t own it.”
The planes are leased. It cost 8,000 dollars a round trip to fly across the state. Florida could save a few thousand dollars by using an air charter service instead.
Of course the cheapest option for the Governor would be to fly coach, but leaving from Tallahassee Regional Airport could take some extra stops to reach some parts of Florida. Some nonstop flight options from Tallahassee have been cancelled.
The Florida Democratic Party says regardless of the hassle a layover could cause, flying coach would be better for taxpayers than keeping all three planes.
Eric Jotkoff with the Democratic party said “we’re cutting 500 million dollar from health care this year. We’re cutting 140 dollars per student from public schools and yet Charlie Crist still loves to fly around in luxury jets. It’s a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and he should get rid of them.”
Getting rid of the jet could save taxpayers a million dollars a year. Getting rid of the jet and one of the two planes could save 1.8 million.