It’s natural for Kansans to envy Gov. Sam Brownback and his traveling parties for having used a state-owned airplane to follow the University of Kansas men’s basketball team to St. Louis and New Orleans for the Elite Eight and Final Four games. But such trips are part of the job for the Republican governor – who, for example, spoke at a pep rally before Monday’s NCAA championship game. And rather than ride solo, why wouldn’t Brownback invite relatives, friends, staff and legislators including House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, to go along? Even if the cost to taxpayers turns out to be more than the $3,000 cited in response to an open-records request filed by The Eagle, this seems like justifiable state business. The same could have been said of the flying that KU-crazy Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius did (though she won points for making her guest list bipartisan).
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