A 5.8 million dollar shortfall prompts Kentucky State Police layoffs
Kentucky State Police officials confirmed on Monday that 20 troopers have been laid off as a result of a 5.8 million dollar budget shortfall. Troopers that were affected worked in the Trooper R program, a program that brought troopers out of retirement and back to active duty on annual contracts. Eight of sixteen State Police posts were affected by the layoffs. 90% of the State Police budget consists of salaries, benefits, vehicles and fuel expenses. The layoffs are expected to save 1.25 million. Officials say the budget shortfall was caused by an increased retirement contribution, cuts to federal funding and increased fuel costs.