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Senate panel OK’s pay cut for technology chief

A bill that would slash the salary for Kentucky’s chief technology official by about $175,000 cleared another hurdle Tuesday as the Republican-led legislature moved closer to rolling back a six-figure pay raise awarded by GOP Gov. Matt Bevin.

The measure advanced by the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee takes aim at Charles Grindle’s salary as the state’s chief information officer. The Courier Journal revealed in stories last year that Bevin raised Grindle’s salary from $160,000 a year to $375,000.

Lawmakers have responded with the bill that would prohibit the salary for Kentucky’s technology chief from exceeding the pay received by the highest-paid counterpart in bordering states. The bill’s supporters have said the highest salary in a neighboring state is $200,112.

The measure quickly cleared the Senate panel with little discussion. Afterward, Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel, the committee chairman, said lawmakers have frequently looked at pay scales in surrounding states when determining public salaries in Kentucky.

“I still think we can hire good, high-quality talent as long as we remain regionally competitive,” he told reporters.

The committee action leaves the bill one step away from final passage. The measure could receive a Senate vote as soon as Wednesday. If it passes there without any changes, the bill would go to Bevin.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to an email Tuesday seeking comment.

— The Associated Press

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