It's probably a good thing that Gov.-elect Ernie Fletcher flip-flopped on the issue of giving some state workers, and not others, the day off on Inauguration Day. We just wish he had flip-flopped in a different direction.
Initially, Fletcher had decided that state offices in Frankfort would be closed for his inauguration. That would have given about 11,600 of the state's 35,000 employees the day off.
Then Lee Jackson, the president of the Kentucky Association of State Employees, complained that workers across the state couldn't do their jobs effectively with the offices in Frankfort closed. "All state employees should work Inauguration Day or all state employees should get the day off. That's the way it has been done in past inaugurations," Jackson said.
Fletcher then decided he would gave all state employees the day off, which is certainly more fair than letting some people off and not others.