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Now We're Headed for the Big Divorce, California-Style

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Remember all those scare stories about California budget-cutting and the state government having to slash its workforce? Don't believe the hype:

Economic girly men

From June 2008 to February 2009, most state agencies either increased or kept the same number of full-time employees, according to a [Sacramento] Bee analysis of personnel data. The state also failed to lay off as many part-time employees during the crisis as promised by the governor.

While legislators and Schwarzenegger debated how to close a $40 billion budget deficit, 66 state agencies saw a net gain of full-time employees, 35 kept the same number of employees and 55 lost employees, data from the state controller's office show.

The overall number of full-time state employees increased by roughly 2,000, or 1 percent, excluding the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, which always shrinks sharply outside of fire season, the figures show.

The Reason Foundation's Adam Summers documented Schwarzenegger's Gray Davis-like hiring binge, among other government-expanding activities, in this February report. Other Schwarzeneggeria can be found here.

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  1. When all employees are employees of the state then we will not have these problems any more.

  2. That has to be photoshopped, right? Great picture.

    “This is how I slept before I married Maria.”

  3. I remember that the recall election was the beginning of the end of being a Republican for me. All of the State CR (College Republican) leadership wanted to send money and support out to Schwarzenegger. I dug my heels in with a few others and sent money to McClintock.

    Still the right decision.

  4. At least California recently stopped giving away Porsches as signing bonuses.

  5. well good. hopefully the state budget gets so bad that Can Sat is regulated and taxed. Then i can fufill the lifelong coffeshop dream, while my buddie who is a scientist researches the genome, to improve the plant. ha ha only in my dreams!

  6. Great use of an obscure Neil Young lyric. Well played.

  7. “This is how I slept before I married Maria.”

    Magic: Just a pretty plain old ordinary bedroom. [before them is the four-post bed with curtains, and stacks of dollar bills everywhere else]
    Kyle: Dude.
    Magic: Oh, oh yeah, I. I don’t trust banks. I sleep with all my money.
    Kyle: You sleep with money. Every night?
    Magic: Yeah, I like to keep it close b- …You don’t think that..?

  8. TAO-

    Yes, it was a good decision. Good for you.

    Besides, you knew that Arnie was no where near enough of an anarcho-free enterprise-individualist for your tastes.

  9. This is the last straw, Matt, absolutely! Yes, the gloves are coming off! It should be “Schwarzeneggeriana,” for Christ’s sake! Get it right! Get it right! Otherwise, the piece was spot on.

  10. That has to be photoshopped, right?

    Yes, I actually used that same pile of money in one of my Photoshopped pictures.

  11. a few kilos of coke or Can Sat in the picture and it becomes every drug bust photo ever.

  12. No California government employees laid off, but a shitload of teachers. While I’m not in favor of government run schools, I could have found a thousand government jobs to cut long before I hit indoctrination industry.

  13. From June 2008 to February 2009, most state agencies either increased or kept the same number of full-time employees, according to a [Sacramento] Bee analysis of personnel data. The state also failed to lay off as many part-time employees during the crisis as promised by the governor.

    *sigh*

    Democrats, people (yes, that include ahhnold). They expected to grow much more, so that’s a cut.

  14. …66 state agencies saw a net gain of full-time employees, 35 kept the same number of employees and 55 lost employees…

    Why does California (or any state) have 156 state agencies? Shouldn’t it be more like 3 or 4?

  15. Someone else caught the reference, Neil Young’s ‘Harvest Moon’ record.

    Good work.

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