MDOT officials’ travel expenses up

Even as many other government agencies and businesses are cutting back on travel in the weak economy, records show Mississippi’s top four transportation officials are spending more to go to conferences and other shindigs.
Mississippi Department of Transportation Director Larry L. “Butch” Brown, Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown (no relation), Central Commissioner Dick Hall and Northern Commissioner Bill Minor spent a combined $56,045 on travel in 2009. Their average monthly travel reimbursements increased by $770 per month for 2009, compared to the period between 2004 and 2008.
Sun Herald articles in January 2009 showed the four had spent $207,000 on travel over four years, with several out-of-country trips. The road-building industry was also paying for them and their wives to take trips to destinations such as San Francisco, Key West, Fla., and Orlando, Fla.

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