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Budget: State saves $15K if Otter re-elected

Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, presents the governor's office budget to legislative budget writers on Wednesday. Hammon noted that if Otter is re-elected, the state would save $15,000 that otherwise would go to transition costs after the gubernatorial election. (Betsy Russell)
Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, presents the governor's office budget to legislative budget writers on Wednesday. Hammon noted that if Otter is re-elected, the state would save $15,000 that otherwise would go to transition costs after the gubernatorial election. (Betsy Russell)

Wayne Hammon, the governor's budget chief, presented the budgets for the governor's office and the Division of Financial Management to JFAC today. "The office of the governor is a lean operation," he told lawmakers. But, he said, "The vast majority of the costs within the office of the governor are related to staff." That means layoffs or furloughs when there are budget cuts, he said. All employees in the office are taking furloughs, he said, and pay for interns has been eliminated. He pointed to one required line in the budget for next year: $15,000 for transition costs at election. If the incumbent governor is re-elected, there's no transition cost and that money reverts to the state.




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