The advisor, Mike Alexander, started on Aug. 17, said Perdue spokesman Tim Crowley. He is to earn $90,000 a year.
Alexander takes over from Ann Lichtner, who was working part-time for $60,320, Crowley said. Lichtner was former Gov. Mike Easley’s advisor and is retiring soon, Crowley said.
So in the past two weeks we’ve seen $226,000 spent on new staff members for the governor, but a 5% budget cut for all other departments because of a “cash flow” issue. I guess the cash flow in the Governor’s office isn’t as bad as the rest of the state.
Maybe Perdue is just undertaking a noble effort to single-handedly reduce the state’s unemployment rate by hiring as many people for her staff as possible. Unfortunately, we’re paying the bill.