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Repair costs for Kentucky planes have some lawmakers wondering whether they’re worth it

Maintenance costs for two state-owned planes primarily used by the governor topped $872,000 over the past two years, leading the state Senate president to question whether Kentucky should consider selling one of the aircraft. “We have to be good stewards of state taxpayer dollars,” said Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who said he would support a financial analysis of the costs and benefits of owning and maintaining the planes. Like past governors, Bevin faced criticism over using state-owned aircraft for personal and political trips during his term, as well as not revealing the purpose of certain out-of-state flights.