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Nevada Governor Billing Steve Fossett’s Widow For Search May 1, 2008

Filed under: Unbelievable — gervmaine @ 7:22 pm
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Click the link below for the full article. I think this is disgusting. If the search was for a child, a prostitute, loan shark, an immigrant worker or Joe Blow, do you think the state would be billing the family for the search and rescue efforts?

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Gov. Jim Gibbons plans to bill the widow of adventurer Steve Fossett for the unsuccessful recovery search.

Last year, the state of Nevada spent $687,000 looking for multimillionaire adventurer Steve Fossett after his plane disappeared in northern the northern part of the state. During a month-long search, crews scoured a 20,000 square-mile area, but turned up no sign of Fossett or his plane.

We believe that while this is not a common practice, the extraordinary costs of the search, coupled with the state’s current budget difficulties, warrant the request.The exact process the state will go through to make this request is still to be determined,” said Gibbon’s press secretary, Ben Kieckhefer.

A Gibbons spokesman said the governor will bill Peggy Fossett for costs of the unsuccessful search as the state faces a budget shortfall projected to top $900 million.