Number of State Workers Down 30K Over 6 Years

BATON ROUGE (AP) — As Bobby Jindal prepared for his 2008 inauguration as governor, state government workers numbered about 93,500.

         Today, that workforce hovers at 62,000 employees — fewer than it's been in more than two decades. Spending on payroll has decreased by about $1 billion annually.

         At the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System, retirees now exceed the number of active employee members — another consequence of the downsizing.

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         According to Advocate reporter Marsha Shuler, as planning begins for the next budget year, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said there are no plans for any new major reductions.

         The shrinking of the state government workforce by one-third stems largely from Jindal's privatization of many government functions and facilities, most notably in the health care arena.

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