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Sink wants state plane use tracked online

A week after her use of a state plane garnered less than glowing press attention, CFO Alex Sink wants the Florida Department of Management Services to post the travel logs for Florida’s state planes online, saying it will bring increased "transparency and accountability" to the people of Florida.

“We have a responsibility to increase openness and transparency in Tallahassee, and making this travel information available to the public continues this commitment," Sink said in a news release just issued. 

DMS manages Florida's state-owned and operated aircraft in Florida -- specifically, all state plane flights taken by Florida’s elected officials. CFO Sink is asking DMS to post the state plane manifests online monthly for all flights going forward, including which official took the plane and where they went.

Those officials include Gov. Charlie Crist and Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, whose frequent use of state planes has garnered much scrutiny lately. Another user of state planes, besides Sink herself, is Attorney General Bill McCollum -- the Republican she could well face in a race for governor if Crist announces tomorrow as expected his plans to run for U.S. Senate.

Sidenote: Sink's news release now includes a bio tagline that could well go on a campaign flier: As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services. A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO. As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:59pm]


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