A document obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World confirmed that Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, was the only passenger on the state airplane on flights from Coffeyville to Topeka and back on March 13, when House leaders were short on votes needed to replace the school-finance formula with two-year block-grant funding. The private shuttle service for Peck turned out to be pointless, as two other absent lawmakers arrived sooner and helped pass the bill. Kansans are left to wonder whether the $205 each way estimated by the Governor’s Office accurately reflects the costs of operating the nine-seat Beechcraft King Air, and whether the governor would have done that taxpayer-funded favor for one of the moderate Republicans or Democrats who voted “no” on the bill. – Rhonda Holman
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