Florida Workforce and the Budget Crisis of 2009
The Florida Legislature is considering cutting every state worker's salary by 5%. Let's put that in some context. In the 2008 Grading the States, here'...
I've got an article coming out in Governing soon that examines the upsides and downsides of various types of personnel expenditure reductions--furloughs, pay cuts, layoffs, etc. -- that state and local governments have been using to weather their budget crises. There's an argument to be made that each type of reduction fits best for particular situations.
Given Florida's already low personnel spending and the fact that the state has been particularly hard hit by the housing downturn, which is likely putting even greater demand on state services, I'm stumped about which type of cut Florida would be best advised to make, if they have to make a workforce expense reduction. Of course, many in the state are arguing that they shouldn't be making that cut in the first place.