Published On: Thu, Jan 26th, 2017

Gov. Ricketts says state hiring freeze was a success

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts revealed that a hiring freeze had cut the size of state government and reduced state personnel headcount. The hiring freeze was originally imposed in October 2016, and targeted elimination of non-essential state personnel.
“Within a matter of a few months, we have been able to reduce the size of state government by eliminating unnecessary positions,” said Governor Ricketts. “During these tough budget times, my agencies are practicing the same fiscal responsibility Nebraskans do when their household income declines. Cutting back without raising taxes is the right thing to do for taxpayers.”
The headcount in the Governor’s agencies was 13,786 in October 2016, and had been reduced to 13,490 as of January 23, 2017. Overall to date, there are 296 fewer personnel working in the Governor’s agencies.

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