Funding Pulled For Nebraska State Airplane

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Lawmakers have pulled funding to buy an airplane from the University of Nebraska Foundation, choosing instead to study whether better options are available.

The Legislature voted 26-14 Friday on an amendment to a state budget bill that withdrew more than $2 million for the purchase. In its place, lawmakers authorized a study that will explore what type of plane the state should use and whether buying a new plane is more cost-effective.

The amendment was introduced by Sen. Annette Dubas. Dubas says lawmakers need more information before they can act.

The request was included in the state's proposed budget after the foundation decided to sell its Beechcraft Super King Air airplane. Gov. Dave Heineman and agency officials use the plane through a lease agreement.

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