Last week I posted Pioneer Institute’s recommendations for where Governor Patrick should begin cutting the state budget before he cuts safety net programs. One of our recommendations is to roll back the state’s workforce by the 6,000 employees it’s grown by since 2004.
Included in the comments on that post was the following:
You can’t cut 6,000 state jobs and not have it affect the most vulnerable.
Well, we wanted to provide actual data to determine whether that was true or not.
It turns out that less than 10% (581 out of the roughly 6,000) of the state hires made between 2004 and 2008 were in Health and Human Services. The bulk of the new hires (almost half) were in higher ed.
You can check out the numbers yourself here.
We prefer that Health and Human Services funding be kept in communities. It is better to work through human services vendors who have contracts with the state. There are literally hundreds of them, who fall under the umbrella of trade organizations like the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers. These organizations do good work.
We would never want to be blase about the topic of layoffs, but would honestly ask the question whether it isn’t better to lay off folks in state offices in Boston than cancel contracts or choose not to reup with human service providers in the field.
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