CL – House votes to sell State jet

The Mississippi House Wednesday afternoon passed a measure to sell a $2.7 million state jet used regularly by Gov. Haley Barbour.

Money from the sale of the jet would go to offset cuts to the car-tag fund, which gives drivers a break on their annual vehicle registration costs. That fund was cut by $2.2 million in the latest round of budget reductions.

The measure passed the Democratic-controlled House 66-54 after little discussion and heads to the Senate. Efforts to sell the state’s Cessna Citation passed the House last year but failed to gain support in the upper chamber, which is largely controlled by Republicans.

Barbour, a Republican, opposes selling the jet.

Clarion-Ledger
2/3/10