Skip to comments.Despite Cuts, State Still Hiring
Posted on 08/09/2009 10:33:32 PM PDT by Steelfish
Despite cuts, state still hiring
By Jon Ortiz and Sarah Frier Aug. 9, 2009
California's government continues to grow despite a historic recession, budget cuts and employee layoff warnings, new data show.
About 4,000 more full-time workers drew state checks in June compared to a year before, with the biggest increases coming in prison hospitals, the state's unemployment agency and the Franchise Tax Board.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has initiated the elimination of 7,000 state jobs from the state's deficit-ridden general fund, but it is unclear if that will offset the overall state job gains over the past year.
State officials don't know how many of those general fund workers will find jobs in state agencies financed by other funds.
While the Governor's Office says monthly payroll costs have dropped nearly 10 percent because of the furloughs Schwarzenegger ordered, the job gains show that the goal of some to permanently reduce the state work force remains elusive.
"Furloughs help stop the bleeding," said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. "But over time we need to talk about right-sizing government. We need to have a discussion about priorities."
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They multiply like Rabbits. Amazing. Worse than Drug Addicts. California needs intervention.
I thought Floriduh was the Stupid State, but California has opened up a wide lead.
Stupid or not we at least still have a Republican House, Senate and Governor.
LOL, surprise, surprise...
Good thing they started handing out those IOUs to their creditors. If they hadn’t, why, they would have run out of money weeks ago!
Before you start berating me for my stupidity, you should be aware that this argument was made, almost word for word, by California State Controller John Chiang, back in early July 2009.