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Thu., Jan. 13, 2011, 11:22 a.m.

Idaho State Government Is Shrinking

Idaho’s state government workforce is at levels close to the year 2000, except for some anomalies at public universities. A headcount of Idaho state employees by the state controller this month shows the state has 23,986 employees, down from a high of 25,557 three years ago. “We have cut government considerably,” said Gov. Butch Otter’s spokesman Jon Hanian. The governor has called for reductions in state operations in his recent speeches and during his re-election campaign. “It shows the governor is not only talking the talk but walking the walk”/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is there still room for more cuts in Idaho government?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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