Tucker said the state has about 14,000 more employees now than the Southern average. He said lawmakers will take up issues to reduce the workforce, revamp the way the state Civil Service System operates and look into ways to shrink the cost of higher education to deliver college and vocational-technical school programs more efficiently.
He said the state also is looking into suspending the state's retirement bonus program that allows a worker to remain on the job for up to three years and pay into the system and accrue higher benefits.
Tucker said the state may also have to resort to layoffs and furloughs of state workers to balance its budgets in the next few years.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
State Employee Furloughs and Layoffs and suspension of DROP Program possible according to House Speaker
State lawmakers will have to start pruning spending and the size of government at the session that begins April 27 in the wake of a revenue shortfall of $4 billion in the next three years, said House Speaker Jim Tucker.