Haley: Should the state of South Carolina keep its planes?

ashain@thestate.comOctober 8, 2012 

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that she is wondering why the state should keep planes if she cannot use them for what she considers legitimate uses.

Haley paid the state $9,590 after The Associated Press raised questions about her using the planes for bill signings and news conferences. Lawmakers added a clause to the state budget last year banning the use of state planes for these purposes.

The governor’s office said it was not aware of the clause before being alerted by a reporter. Haley paid for the flights she took to sign bills for creating a state Medal of Valor and redrawing new congressional districts and promote her ethics and tax reform plans.

But she felt they were part of her doing business as governor.

“Now I am in decision mode of do we need a plane?” Haley said during a news conference Monday, the day after the story broke.

Haley did not offer details about what she would do with the state’s two planes.

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