Governor Seeking to Replace Hundreds of State Vehicles

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Blunt's freeze on new vehicles appears to have thawed.

One of Blunt's first actions upon taking office in January 2005 was to halt the purchase of most non-emergency vehicles.

But Blunt is requesting $2.4 million in next year's budget to buy more than 450 new vehicles.

Mark Kaiser oversees the office that manages the state's vehicle fleet. He says the state has gone several years without any wide-scale replacement of old vehicles.

Kaiser says the goal is to replace vehicles at 120,000 miles. But if nothing is done by the end of the year, the average mileage on state vehicles will be 118,000 miles.

The governor's vehicle replacement plan is pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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