Governor Fletcher’s Administration Working to Increase Efficiency
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today his administration has saved more than one million dollars in personal service contracts for outside legal services in the executive branch.
In calendar year 2004, the state spent a total of $3,310, 453.00 on outside attorneys hired to assist in legal services. In calendar year 2003, prior to Governor Fletcher coming into office, the state spent $4,642,378.86. This equals a savings of $1,331,925.86 in just one year.
“My administration is committed to saving money in all realms of state government,” said Governor Fletcher. “I commend the attorneys in each cabinet for their efforts to reduce the amount of legal work being performed on an outside basis.”
Governor Fletcher’s General Counsel John Roach testified today before the Government Contract Review Committee, where both Republican and Democrat legislators congratulated Governor Fletcher’s administration for its continued commitment to efficiency in state government.
Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R- Ft. Thomas, said, "As I have served on this committee over the years before becoming co-chair, we on the committee have often questioned the necessity of the superfluous legal contracts. It is gratifying to see our concerns answered by Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration, and I applaud them for finding a way to deliver these same services at a reduced cost."
“Governor Fletcher has made great strides in streamlining state government and reducing costs wherever possible,” said John Roach. “We will continue to work to use state in-house lawyers whenever possible and still provide the best service for all of the cabinets of state government.”