January 13, 2005
"This is the same aircraft that was a wildly unpopular use of Homeland Security funds back in October," said Representative Eric Croft, D-Anchorage. "Now, he is trying to use $1.4 million of state general funds to fly in style."
"This money is enough to restore the longevity bonus for 500 needy Alaska seniors," said Representative Harry Crawford, D-Anchorage, "or provide 11 new state troopers to keep people safe."
Alaska Democrats said while the governor's budget request attempts to justify the jet for "emergency responses and other routine uses such as prisoner transport", it has serious limitations for public safety uses.
"We shouldn't fly prisoners
around on a luxury jet," Croft said."They're not in
a hurry and shouldn't have the martinis anyway. If Frank wants
an executive jet, he should spend his own money, not the people's.
As an excuse, this is just ridiculous. As a reason, it's worse."
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