In his 2003 campaign for Kentucky governor, Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) promised to make government more efficient :
A Fletcher/Pence Administration will not treat state government as a “make-work for friends” opportunity. I will find ways to reduce the bureaucracy, particularly in areas like principal assistants.
While Fletcher has cut his number of politically-appointed “principal assistants” to seven, today’s Courier-Journal reveals that he hasn’t really reduced the number of political appointees. Instead, he has simply taken 159 principal assistant positions and given them new titles. (See full list here.)
Kentucky taxpayers are paying $42,420 annually to one of the new well-connected political appointees, Jimmy Holiday in the Transportation Cabinet. Holiday was originally appointed to a post answering phones, but refused to do his job [Kentucky Post, 6/29/05]:
“So do we have another place to put him where he will work?” [then-Deputy Transportation Dick] Murgatroyd asked in an e-mail to a policy adviser in the Transportation Cabinet… “Otherwise, put him in a corner and we’ll ignore him.”
Instead of being fired, he was promoted. Not exactly the way to “reduce the bureaucracy.”