Ky. Ag Commissioner declines voluntary furlough

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has declined to participate in furloughs that most state workers are taking this fiscal year.

Most state workers are taking six unpaid furlough days this year with more expected next year. However, elected officials are prohibited from changing their salaries while in office.

Gov. Steve Beshear and other elected officials are voluntarily participating by writing personal checks for a day's pay to the state government or donating the money to a charity.

But Bill Clary, a spokesman for Farmer, told The Lexington Herald-Leader the commissioner doesn't agree with furloughs and is not participating.

Farmer is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary in May on a ticket with Kentucky Senate President David Williams.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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