Bill would buy state a $1.9M private jet
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday on the proposal introduced by Sen. Hanabusa
By Alexandre Da Silva
A bill to be considered by the Legislature would set aside $1.9 million in taxpayer money for the state to buy an aircraft for official business.
State Sen. J. Kalani English, chairman of the transportation committee, said he will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 1977 Wednesday to see whether buying a plane would save the state money.
As a neighbor island senator, he said he understands the hardships and costs of travel.
The bill, which notes that many other states already own aircraft, calls for the state Department of Transportation to buy and maintain the plane "to be used by the governor, state executives, and other officers" for state business and disaster relief purposes.
"Given the state of Hawaii's location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean at some distance from mainland states, a state-owned aircraft would be particularly useful and economical," it reads.
English said he put the bill on Wednesday's agenda because he thought it was part of the Lingle administration's legislative package.
But Linda Smith, Lingle's senior policy adviser, said the bill is not from the governor's office.
But the state might also be able to bid on the Alaska governor's jet. It's going on sale on eBay tomorrow. (eBay Auction
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