Every four years Kentucky conducts an election to determine who will be its next governor. It never fails that every four years misguided opponents accuse the Republican candidate of planning to destroy the merit system for state employees. Please consider the following facts about this election:
Fact No. 1 - The Kentucky merit system for state employees is statutory. It was adopted by the Kentucky legislature and can only be abolished by the Kentucky legislature. Neither candidate can remove this protection from state workers without the concurrence of both the House and the Senate.
Fact No. 2 - Ben Chandler is the only candidate for governor who has repeatedly promised to reduce the number of state workers during his administration. While it is dangerous to take career politicians at their word during an election cycle, Mr. Chandler continues to advocate axing state employees in public appearances and television advertising. Chandler also plans to continue the unionization of state employees, further weakening the merit system.