State Lawmaker Says Lieutenant Gov. Used State Plane For Personal Errands

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Gov. Kasich said Thursday that he wants Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor to repay the state for use of a plane and a state lawmaker calls for an investigation, but Taylor said she already paid the state back in full.

State Representative Matt Lundy (D) of Elyria called on the state auditor to get to the bottom of four flights taken by Taylor, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

The Columbus Dispatch first reported Taylor flew in the state King Air aircraft to her hometown near the Akron-Canton airport. Taylor reimbursed the state more than $1,000 for the flights.

Taylor's office said that the reimbursement does not mean she used the plane for personal reasons and that the Lieutenant Governor was on official business.

The explanation was not enough to satisfy Lundy, Aker reported.

"I think, clearly, these steps require an audit," Lundy said. "Quite frankly, I don't think the trips should have been taken in the first place. We shouldn't even have to discuss reimbursement because, if we are discussing reimbursements, that indicates we are in a gray area of personal use and there is not supposed to be personal use of state property."

Taylor's office said in a statement that the reimbursement was based on a formula determined by staff attorneys.

"The Lieutenant Governor provided the appropriate reimbursement in a timely manner," the statement said. "These responsible actions on her part should silence the critics who are trying to exploit this."

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