Governor Questions Benefits Reward During Budget Crunch

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Education Commissioner Jon Draud has
withdrawn a request for additional benefits after the governor
raised questions about it.

The Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to give the
state's new education commissioner 20 days of vacation and an
additional 30 sick days.

Gov. Steve Beshear then questioned the propriety of offering the
increased benefits during a tight budget year.

The Courier-Journal reports on its Web site that Draud will not
accept new benefits. Draud says his request was reasonable, but it
should have been negotiated when he was hired.

Draud asked for the change after finding out the benefits he had
at Northern Kentucky University wouldn't transfer to his new
position.


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