Monday, Nov 29, 2004
From the AP today:
From 1998 to 2003, Illinois had the nation’s lowest average number of state employees compared with its population, U.S. Census Bureau data shows.
Um, not quite.
The low state employee ratio began in 1998, or at the very least the study covers the ratio beginning in 1998. That was a very good budget year. Lots of extra money was coming in. George Ryan wasn’t even elected yet. I think we had a low ratio even before then.
But watch the current governor take credit for this.
Also, according to the article:
Illinois saw the nation’s smallest increase in the monthly cost of paying its government employees — 15 percent compared with a national average of 27.6 percent.
Governor Blagojevich just negotiated his first union contract this year, and it was described as the most generous in the nation.