Regional
10:16 am
Fri March 11, 2011

New Mexico Seeks Aviation Broker To Sell State Jet

SANTA FE, N.M. – The ultimate symbol of waste and excess. That's how Republican Gov. Susana Martinez views New Mexico's executive jet plane.

She vowed during her campaign to get rid of the Cessna Citation Bravo and now her administration is working on doing just that.

The plane is already up for sale, but the state is issuing a solicitation Friday for a broker who can help find a buyer. It was purchased new in 2005 by former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration for $5.5 million. Martinez hopes to get $3.3 million.

State officials say the sale of the jet would save New Mexico about $400,000 a year in maintenance and other costs.

Like other governors, Martinez has been scrambling since taking office in January to find ways to trim spending and replenish state coffers.