Mississippi House Votes to Sell State Jet

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi House has voted 66-to-54 to sell the state jet that is used by the governor.

House Appropriations Chairman Johnny Stringer said Wednesday the Cessna Citation is worth $2.7 million.

The state still owes about $400,000 on the aircraft it acquired, used, through a lease-purchase agreement in 2004, so Stringer said a sale could bring the cash-strapped state about $2.3 million.

Stringer says the proceeds from selling the jet would go into a fund that helps reduce drivers' annual car tag payments.

Barbour has cut most parts of the state budget by 8.2 percent. Stringer says that included taking about $2.2 million from the car tag reduction fund.

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