Governor's Travels on State Planes Add Up to $485,000

FEBRUARY 13, 2006 - Posted at 9:04 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As Governor Huckabee's national profile rises, so do the costs to Arkansas taxpayers of flying him around the country.

Since 2002, the first year detailed estimates were kept, the cost of Huckabee's travels on state planes has increased by about $72,000.  His state plane travel for the last four years costs taxpayers about $485,000.

The governor declined to comment on the figures, but issued a policy years ago that the state Ethics Commission said was acceptable.  According to the policy, the governor's travel by state plane can benefit non-official business if the trip also involves official business.

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