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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  • by To all of you naysayers Location: Mississippi on Feb 5, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    ANY time you want to come to my classroom and do my job, BRING IT ON!!!!! You don't have a clue what we do. It is not the teaching that is the problem, it is the disrespect from children whose parents are disrespectful and expect us to raise thier babies. I am certain that any teacher would give up a days pay to see some of you in action in the classrooms.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    We didn't know what a computer was when I was in school and the district we were a part of wanted to forget that my school was even there. But guess what, I work in a job that has gone almost completely paperless and I have learned how to do everything that was necessary. Students do need basic computer skills but money does not improve education. In MS when we begin to teach at home that education is important then we might get somewhere. Until then you can put money into education until "_____freezes over" and it will do very little good.
  • by Me. Location: Meridian on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    I am not a teacher, but KC I can see the education budget does not need to be cut. However, my sister is a teacher, she uses her personal money to buy clothes for the students who come to school not dressed properly for the weather, to put up bulletin boards to stimulate their minds. Maybe you can sit out back in a barn in the woods and learn but with changing technology today, your kids would not be getting the adequate knowledge, and then you would be the parent to complain as to why my kid is not learning this and that. I don't agree w/ the high priority put on athletics and band, but I do agree with providing the latest in learning and technology!!!!
  • by ITSABOUTTIME on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:14 PM
  • by Shelia Location: Meridian on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    KC, children are affected. If education is cut, teachers are cut and then you have over crowded classrooms. I don't care for funding of sports, band etc. I only care about the classroom and those children. Oh....I am a teacher!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    simple way to save money cut the PC trash out of the classrooms.. get back to basics reading writing and math... stop always buying new books there is a ton of ways..
  • by KC Location: Meridian on Feb 4, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Shelia, Everyone does not suffer when the education budget is cut, nor do the students. Only the teachers and admin start whining because they don't get any fun money to waste. The education budget should be cut in half in my opinion. Most school systems are ineffecient and need to be brought back down to the basics. Athletics and this "band" joke need to be cut down to nothing. The school is for children to receive an education not run with a football or play a clarinet. My taxes should not be paying for other peoples kids extra curricular activities. A child can learn in a barn in the woods if they wanted to. It's high time people took responsibility for their children. SLASH THAT BUDGET GOVERNOR BARBOUR!!!
  • by Shelia Location: Meridian on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    What about education?? Why not put that money back into the education fund? Does anyone not realized that when the education budget is cut, everyone suffers. Most importantly, the students suffer. Come on...let's make some wise decisions.
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