On Other Blogs Today: 1,700 Hired by State Despite Hiring "Freeze"

By Erica C. Barnett December 13, 2010

The Tacoma News Tribune reports in an exclusive today that despite a hiring freeze approved by the state in March, state agencies have hired more than 1,700 workers to "frozen" positions by securing exemptions to the freeze. Fewer than one in 13 exemption requests has been denied, the TNT reports:

Thousands more workers have been hired because their jobs were never subject to the freeze to begin with. Those are mostly jobs on the front lines: prison guards and park rangers, social workers and nurses, farm inspectors and tax collectors, to name a few.

It’s what happens in a work force of more than 100,000 government jobs, even one that has shrunk in recent years.

Employees resign or retire. Lawmakers dream up new programs that need to be staffed. Administrators reorganize their agencies to cope with smaller budgets and create positions in the process.

Read the whole thing here.

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