their terms in county jails at dead expense to the public, and I have so notified county authorities.
JULY 13, 1931
Since my return from a short vacation last week I have carefully investigated with the director of personnel, the attorney general, and Senator Gravely, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Representative Harris, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the question of whether the twenty per cent cut in salaries of employees* of the buildings and grounds department and those engaged in custodial service which was made effective as of July 1, should stand. I find them all in agreement with what is my opinion; namely, that pending a survey of the several departments by the director of personnel, this particular group of employees should be restored in salaries and wages, as of July 1, to the status of other officials and employees coming within the purview of section 20 of the appropriations act.
The twenty per cent reduction in wages of employees engaged in custodial service, made without my knowledge during my absence, did not meet with my personal approval; nor, of course, with my well-known position. The cut was made because at that time such a cut was thought to meet the legislative intent. The director____________________
After a week of investigation the twenty per cent cut to the lowest paid employees was rescinded and a ten per cent cut made effective.