Chafee to start with smaller staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a cost-cutting move, Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee plans to begin work on Tuesday with fewer staffers in the governor's office.

Chafee will begin at the State House with an initial roster of 25 staffers, 20 fewer than currently budgeted. Chafee spokesman Michael Trainor said outgoing Gov. Don Carcieri has also been operating with fewer staffers than budgeted this fiscal year, carrying 31. He said Chafee's decision to carry six few staffers ``will accelerate those savings.''

The projected payroll for Chafee's staff is $1.944 million. It wasn't immediately clear how large a savings that was from the current fiscal year's spending.

In a statement, Chafee said he hopes to ``set an example for frugality and efficiency in state government,'' and that he's confident his ``talented team" will accomplish more with less.

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