A newspaper's review of travel records has found that U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill spent far less for four years of flights on her private plane than two former Missouri senators spent for travel over similar time spans.
The Missouri House continued its swift work today on the $23 billion state budget, giving it first-round approval after only a few hours of debate.
But before doing so, lawmakers removed most of the money they had allocated for Governor Jay Nixon’s travel budget.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill admitted today that she has failed to pay up approximately $287,000 in back taxes on a personal airplane.
Problems with McCaskill's plane surfaced several weeks ago amid reports that her office improperly billed the government for travel to a political event.
McCaskill took responsibility for that mistake, but she admits that the perception of dodging taxes could hurt her chances for re-election in 2012.
Updated 12:16 p.m. March 16, 2011 with comments from McCaskill.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she is embarrassed by the recent revelation that she was reimbursed for using a private airplane to attend a political event in 2007.
The democrat's comments come a day after the Missouri Republican Party filed an ethics complaint against her.
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