Bryant trims staff salaries

JACKSON, MS (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.

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