Frankfort, KY – A published report Monday morning says Governor Fletcher has
followed through on a campaign promise to trim the number of
"principal assistants" in state government.
The "Louisville Courier-Journal" reports only seven principal
assistants remain under Fletcher, but 159 people are employed under
new titles the Governor has created doing basically the same work.
The total is now 166 and the report says that number nearly equals
the 175 principal assistants employed under former Governor Paul Patton.
Fletcher spokesman Brett Hall says the non-merit jobs save taxpayers
money in the long run by giving managers flexibility in organizing their
agencies, resulting in fewer political hires.