Yesterday I called the Registry of Election Finance to get an answer on a technical question. The state employee I needed to talk with was on furlough. Today I find out that not everyone has to take a furlough.
From the Herald Leader:
Most state workers this month must take their fifth of six mandatory unpaid furlough days for fiscal year 2011 to save Kentucky an estimated $24 million, with more furloughs expected in 2012.
Even statewide elected officials, who cannot legally cut their own pay, are voluntarily giving back. Except for one.
Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who makes $110,346 a year, isn't taking furloughs because he doesn't agree with them, spokesman Bill Clary said. Others at the state Agriculture Department have no say in the matter. But as an elected official, Farmer can choose to keep all of his pay.
You have to really wonder about the take no prisoners attitude of a politician like Farmer who makes a statement to state employees that says I got mine, screw you. Is he really that greedy or is he intentionally trying to screw the Williams Farmer campaign?
From the Williams-Farmer website:
Leaders who will provide direction, an agenda for progress, and a smaller, leaner government that helps more than it hurts.
David Williams and Richie Farmer. Strong leaders. True conservatives.
Strong leader, true conservative, really?
I always thought you led by example. Looks like Richie can talk the talk, but walking the walk seems to be a little more of a problem.