State Auditor Dave Yost has released a report finding that Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder both used state airplanes in questionable ways. Taylor was forced by Gov. John Kasich earlier this year to reimburse over a $1,000 to the state of Ohio for taking three personal trips in state aircraft. Yost's report revealed that Batchelder also reimbursed the state a similar amount for trips taken from a private event.
The audit also found that in 2011, Kasich used the state aircraft over twice as many times as Gov. Ted Strickland did his last year in office.
Taylor is not the first lieutenant governor to run into turbulence on a government-owned plane. Bruce Johnson, who served in the position under Gov. Bob Taft, was riding in an F-16 that buzzed downtown Columbus, flying nearly 5 times as low as allowed. The FAA found the flight to be "careless or reckless".