A Kentucky Senate committee has endorsed a bill to slash the salary of the state’s chief technology official by about $175,000.

The bill that advanced Tuesday takes aim at Charles Grindle’s salary as the state’s chief information officer. The Courier Journal revealed in stories that Gov. Matt Bevin raised Grindle’s salary from $160,000 a year to $375,000.

The committee action leaves the bill one step away from final passage. Bevin has said taxpayers are getting “a steal” with the higher salary, pointing to Grindle’s experience.

The measure could receive a Senate vote as soon as Wednesday.

The measure would prohibit the salary for Kentucky’s technology chief from exceeding the pay received by the highest-paid counterpart in bordering states. The bill’s supporters say the highest salary in a neighboring state is $200,112.

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