The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 16, 2011
Darrell Steinberg talks about Jerry Brown's hiring freeze

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was at the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce this morning to unveil legislation on regulatory reform and -- as a news release from his office put it -- make government more "nimble and responsive" to the demands of economic development in the state.

While he was there, a reporter asked about the freeze on state hiring that Gov. Jerry Brown announced yesterday.

"I think he wants to make it crystal clear that government is not going to grow," Steinberg said in part. "It can't grow. We are dealing with big deficits here."

Watch Bee colleague Hector Amezcua's video of Steinberg's full response below.

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