Tom Price was forced to resign from Trump’s Cabinet following a scandal involving him using private planes for all his travel, on the taxpayer’s dime. But he’s not alone, and the day before he resigned, Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a charted jet to Ohio.
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Perry took the private plane from Hazelton Regional Airport in Pennsylvania to the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport in Southern Ohio, according to PMH Aviation, who runs the Portsmouth Airport. The Energy Department says that Petty was visiting a uranium facility in Piketon, Ohio.
Perry was in Pennsylvania to tour a coal mine near Hazleton, which doesn’t have any commercial airlines. However, Hazleton is only an hour from both Scranton and Allentown, which both have commercial flights.
After Politico and other sites reported on Price’s travel, the Health and Human Services Secretary resigned, and reimbursed the treasury $52,000—paying only for his seat on each flight, not the entirety of the flights. Now, besides Perry starting the same habits, a watchdog agency also started investigating Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who recently took a private flight from Las Vegas to Kalispell, Montana that cost taxpayers $12,000.
But with Golfer-in-Chief in the White House, it might be hard for them to understand why they shouldn’t behave like careless billionaires with taxpayer’s money.