Our Labor Day story, a sort of "state of the state workers" piece, started at roughly twice the length of the finished product running in today's fiber/cyber Bee.
Among the details that didn't make the cut, an answer to a question we asked state Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer: How many vacant state positions have been "swept" off the books? His e-mailed response:
From 2004-05 through 2009-10, 8,104 positions were eliminated pursuant to Government Code 12439. Positions eliminated in 2004-05 represent positions vacant for at least six months as of June 30, 2004 (that were not reestablished). Those positions represent the first positions eliminated pursuant to GC 12439 under Governor Schwarzenegger.
Approximately 3,350 additional positions were eliminated as a result of other vacancy reduction drills in 2008-09.