Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo have announced that they will each take a 10 percent reduction in pay for calendar year 2009.
Several senior members of the Beshear administration – Executive Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes, Chief of Staff Adam Edelen, Deputy Chief of Staff Vince Gabbert, General Counsel Ellen Hesen and Communications Director Jay Blanton – will also take 10 percent cuts in pay for 2009.
“The lieutenant governor and I feel strongly – as the top two elected officials in the state – that we have an obligation to make tough decisions. If we are to cut and reduce state government, the two of us – and our senior team – must signal that we are willing to share in the sacrifices that will and must be made,”
Beshear said. “The two of us believe that we should not ask of others without making some personal sacrifice. Today’s announcement reflects our desire to let the people of this commonwealth – and our employees throughout state government – know that we are in this together.”