The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 13, 2009
Whitman: 'We can lay off 20,000 to 30,000 state employees'

Whitman Amezcua1.jpgRepublican Meg Whitman, who hopes to take Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's job in 2010, on Tuesday called for the Legislature to immediately cut the state government workforce by 10 percent in response to the state's growing fiscal problems.

A press release put out by her campaign quotes from a speech she gave to the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce:

"We haven't looked hard enough at where we can cut. We can lay off 20,000 to 30,000 state employees while prioritizing public safety and teachers.''

"We shouldn't have to lay off teachers, we need to lay off bureaucrats."

Those quotes echo what Whitman said in Sacramento during the Republican convention. Then, as now, Whitman didn't offer any specifics about how she would make those cuts.

You can read the Whitman 2010 press release by clicking here.

IMAGE: Meg Whitman /, Hector Amezcua

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