Miss. Governor's new aide to make $80,000 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Miss. Governor's new aide to make $80,000

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Haley Barbour's new press secretary will get nearly $17,000 more than his predecessor, raising some criticism in a time of budget cuts.

The Clarion-Leger says a public records request revealed that Dan Turner will get an $80,000 salary, up from $63,200 paid to Pete Smith.

Smith is now spokesman for the state Department of Education, which says his pay is $84,000 a year.

Turner had been communications director and district representative for U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Barbour, a Republican, recently had to cut about $42 million from Mississippi's $5 billion budget, and said more cuts are possible if revenues don't improve. Many agencies are eliminating vacant positions to make the cuts.          

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com             

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