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Kentucky State Trooper Commissioner: Budget Cuts Have Led to Staff Shortage


FRANKFORT — Kentucky's top state trooper says his agency is suffering from a shortage in staff.Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told a state House committee that years of flatlining budgets and a proposed 2.5 percent cut under Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest spending plan have put a squeeze on the agency.Brewer says expenses in employee retirement, healthcare costs and fleet maintenance have led to layoffs.“It caused us toward the end of last fiscal year to start making some reductions, and I was forced with the very difficult decision to lay off those trooper-Rs, which was extremely painful," says Brewer, referring tothis classof trooper.Brewer says nearly 600 of almost 900 troopers make less than $50,000 per year.