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year's layoffs took effect.During Gov. Rendell tenure, salaried staff have been reduced while there has been a slight increase in what are known as workers. The shift likely upsets unions because wage jobs tend not to be as stable or come with as many benefits, but it is a lower cost for taxpayers who foot the bill.The result is that salaried payroll has grown modestly. From 2000 to 2009, it went up only 15 percent, a figure many private sector companies would envy. In economic terms, state pay in total increased at less than the rate of inflation during the last decade.While we quibble with certain hiring decisions the governor has made most notably giving former legislator Dan Surra a plum post in the Pennsylvania Wilds after he lost re election from the big picture view, Rendell has been a good HR steward of the agencies he is in charge of overseeing. Census Bureau compiles a state by state comparison of state employees per state population. Pennsylvania is ranked 49th out of 50 on that list, a much coveted spot that the state has held for many years.The fat it is all too easy to rail against might be there, but in personnel terms, Pennsylvania is one of the leanest in the nation.While some argue that Rendell has merely sought to hire more outside contractors, it is difficult to assess whether that has been better or not for the state in terms of personnel costs.What stands out the most during the last decade is where the largest shifts have come in state employees. The headline story, which few seem to want to highlight, is that welfare has declined dramatically while corrections and police have increased.The Department of Public Welfare trimmed more than 3,500 positions in the last decade. By contrast, the Department of Corrections has added almost 2,000, and state police an additional 500.Safety is the top priority of any government, but the next governor must deal with the prison population in a more efficient way than simply adding more facilities and guards.The other big growth area in state employees is none other than the Liquor Control Board, which has added more than 1,000 positions in the last decade.While a high proportion are wage workers, once again we ask: Why aren Prada Handbags Yellow we privatizing our liquor stores? Do we really want public pay and pensions for liquor store employees?The next governor will have much on his plate when he takes office. As the inevitable budget chopping discussions commence, the emphasis should be not on cutting state employee jobs left and right, but on rethinking the areas that have grown the fastest and whether we want to reverse those trends first.
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