Auditor's report on state workforce jibes with Jindal's numbers
The number of state workers decreased by more than 11,000 between June 2005 and June 2011—or nearly 12%—according to a newly released report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, which confirms what Gov. Bobby Jindal has been saying about the reductions he has made to the state workforce since taking office. The auditor's report contains slightly different numbers from those circulated by Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater last week. When presenting next year's budget, Rainwater said the state workforce was down by 12,281, or 12.2%. Though relatively inconsequential, the difference between the two figures stems from the fact that the legislative auditor measured the workforce reduction over a five-year period beginning in 2005, while the administration focused only on the years since Jindal took office in 2008. The two departments also used different data to measure the workforce reduction. The auditor's informational report comes at a crucial time for the Jindal administration, as it tries to rally support for its $25 billion state budget, which calls for eliminating almost 6,400 more positions from state government to help make up for a revenue shortfall. More than 3,700 of those positions are vacancies, according to Michael DiResto, a spokesman for the Division of Administration. —Stephanie Riegel
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