This will close Florida's budget gap -- a little. Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp sent a check to the state for $6,600.59 to reimburse taxpayers for trips on state aircraft in which his wife Cyndie and son Jackson traveled as passengers over the past two years. Kottkamp has said he offered earlier to reimburse the Department of Management Services for costs incurred by his family tagging along, but that DMS said that wouldn't be necessary because its policy at the time was that the cost of a flight was the same regardless of the number of passengers.
"It is a big state, but we're very aware of the budget situation in the governor's office," Kottkamp told reporters Thursday, acknowledging the political sensitivity of his travels. "We're trying to be good stewards of the people's money and where we can, drive, and try to save as much of the people's money as we can."
-- Steve Bousquet