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State answers CFO Alex Sink's call for online travel logs

Want to see which elected officials are flying, and how often, on Florida's two taxpayer-funded aircraft? Now the information is a mouse click away, with a new online log on the Department of Management Services' (DMS) Web site.

DMS put the information up following Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink's call last week for increased "transparency and accountability" to state taxpayers. Today, in a release announcing the move, Sink lauded DMS for acting quickly on her recommendation.

"The business of state government should be as open and transparent as possible, which is why I applaud the Department of Management Services’ decision to implement this recommendation and post details about each state plane flight online,” said Sink. “I will continue my commitment to increase openness and transparency to the taxpayers of Florida.”

Among the fliers, besides Gov. Charlie Crist and Sink, is Attorney General Bill McCollum, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who is running against Sink, a Democrat.

McCollum and his press folks are quick to point out that Sink uses the state plane to get from her home near Tampa to Tallahassee - while the AG drives from Tallahassee to Orlando.

"The state airpool is a resource provided to allow us to better reach the people we serve, not to be a taxpayer-funded method of personal commuting," McCollum said.

April’s state plane log is at: http://dms.myflorida.com/business_operations/specialized_services/aircraft_operations/state_aircraft_flight_information.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:02pm]

    

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