Governor Wants a New Plane

LINCOLN - Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is recommending the state spend more than $2-million for an airplane.  Heineman says the request is all about access to rural Nebraska.  he University of Nebraska Foundation currently owns the aircraft, and state officials have been able to lease the plane when needed. But Heineman says the Foundation wants to sell the plane, forcing the state to either purchase it or explore other air transportation options.  Heineman says the plane is necessary for him and other state officials to serve the western part of the state. He says he can spend seven or more hours driving to the Panhandle – or an hour and 15 minutes in the air.