Bryant trims staff salaries

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant is saving taxpayers at least $200,000 by cutting spending in his office.

According to documents obtained by The Clarion-Ledger through an open records request, the amount Bryant will spend on salaries in his office is 10 percent less than former Gov. Haley Barbour. He achieved that through a reduction in posts as well as salary cuts.

In Barbour’s administration, five aides made $95,000 or more. The records show two staffers fall into that category in Bryant’s office — Bryant’s chief of staff, Kirk Sims, and Lucien Smith, deputy chief of staff and policy director. Each will make $110,000 a year.

All other staffers will make between $40,000 and $80,000.