State plane symbol of past excess
It's been quite some time since I've been in the market for a private jet. So, I can't say with any degree of credibility whether the $2.5 million sale of a jet that New Mexico taxpayers had plunked down $5.5 million for six years ago was a good deal for the state.
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#1 Aug 28, 2011
Of past excess? Now that is funny.
#2 Aug 28, 2011
It is a largely symbolic gesture as far as the numbers go but timely at the time of the fiscal crises that virtually all of the government branches find themselves in at this time. I'm sure there are state owned aircraft that can be commissioned for certain trips that mandate either speed, security or both. Maybe some legislation can be put in place to bar or limit how the state pays for certain travel expenses by incumbents that are clearly defined as self serving or dedicated to preserving one's elected status.
This is a delicate area but certainly warrants public scrutiny as far as how taxpayer dollars are spent in relation to the job we expect to be done by our elected officials. Reforms have to start on all levels in order to begin the long overdue restoration of the public's trust in the process and those we expect to be looking out for the best interest of the citizens of the Fair State of New Mexico irregardless of political affiliations.
Only someone that has looked at the numbers in detail can determine how much money is actually being saved in terms of Total Cost of Ownership but at least an effort was made at this level to close another hole in Daddy's arm where all the money goes...
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