Ag commissioner buys 19 new vehicles

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A published report says Agriculture
Commissioner Richie Farmer has bought 19 new vehicles for his
department at a time when most of state government is purchasing
fewer due to budget cuts.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Farmer has spent about
$445,000 from state and federal funds on new vehicles, including a
$35,340 Chevy Suburban for his own use.

His spokesman, Bill Clary, said Farmer was due for a replacement
in January after driving his previous state vehicle for 30 months.

Government watchdog Jim Waters says most residents aren't
trading in vehicles after two years and state government shouldn't

Forrest Banta, director of the state's Division of Fleet Management, says most agencies have slowed down purchases because
"there just hasn't been money to buy new ones."
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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