Gov. Beshear announces plan for "leaner, more efficient" government

Governor Beshear says it’s time for Kentucky government to be run much leaner.

“We are taking a comprehensive look at these operations of government,” said Gov. Beshear, during a news conference Wednesday at the Capital.

Kentucky’s government owns more than a dozen pieces of aircraft….and thousands of vehicles. And now some of them may be sold.

“To determine which of these we no longer need. Already we’ve begun selling some of them through auctions,” said Beshear.

Beshear admits it won’t lead to substantial savings, but he says he and others are again taking paycuts.

“But this year we will also be joined by the secretaries of my cabinet. They, too, have volunteered to take a 10% cut,” said Beshear.

Beshear says they’re also taking a look at cell phone usage and a pilot program that installed GPS devices in state cars.

“Which incidently demonstrated a 10% reduction in miles driven, and an 83% reduction in speeding and a 14% increase in fuel efficiency,”

Beshear says he’s also looking at options with land, as the state owns 850 pieces of property in 120 counties.

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