Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lt. Governor Continues Voluntary 10 Percent Salary Reduction for Second Consecutive Year

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 15, 2010  
Contact Information:  Valeria Cummings
Eric Duncan

10 Percent Salary Reduction to Include Chief of Staff for 2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As part of Gov. Steve Beshear's "Smart Government" policy, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo announced he will continue in 2010 with a voluntary 10 percent salary reduction that first began in January 2009.  Mongiardo also announced his Chief of Staff will take a 10 percent salary reduction effective Jan. 1, 2010.

"As we continue to cut and reduce state government, I believe that it is important that, as elected leaders of our Commonwealth, we lead by example and share in the sacrifice to ensure that the state we love emerges from this crisis stronger than ever," said Lt. Gov. Mongiardo.

In December 2008, the Governor, Lt. Governor, and members of the Governor's senior staff took a voluntary 10 percent salary reduction for 2009.  This year, for the first time, Cabinet secretaries and the Lt. Governor's Chief of Staff will take a 10 percent salary reduction as well.

Under the Beshear Administration, the executive branch is the smallest it has been in almost 20 years, with some 3,800 fewer employees than just five years ago, and nearly 1,600 fewer than December 2007.