By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
JEFFERSON CITY — The purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane has upset lawmakers and delayed a key administrative appointment by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Call it “Plane Gate.”
Nixon nominated Doug Nelson, a longtime aide, to be the next state Administration commissioner, but Nelson is embroiled in controversy after he authorized buying a King Air 250 at the request of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Democrats and Republicans alike were surprised Wednesday to hear about the plane, which will ferry state officials.
Nelson approved the plane’s purchase from a Highway Patrol fund specified for aircraft and automobiles. The fund has a budget of $13 million this fiscal year.