[Homestead] Dog rescues dog..
mmcharry at gmail.com
Sun Dec 7 18:06:10 EST 2008
Illinois is unusual in having a low ratio of of state employees to
population -- much lower than many other states. When I went to work
for the State Board of Education in 2000, the agency had around a
thousand employees(which was down from 1500). We're now down to about
500. We'd probably be lower but as you indicate some employees are
paid with federal funds fin areas like special education and nutrition
and some (but fewer than you'd think) NCLB stuff.
I don't see the phenomenon you worry about here. But then, we have
state government pretty well down-sized.
Heck, my agency down sized so much that they reduced the number of
administrators (which has built up some under this last
Other agencies, such as Ag, may be different, but when I ran a dairy I
mainly dealt with the state Department of Health: nothing federal.
On Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 4:48 PM, Cathy <goosecreekfarm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Marie wrote:
> "The US State Department says the from 1960 to 1990, the number of state and
> government employees increased from 6.4 million to 15.2 million, " and so
> The bit of government that I most wish to decrease is the bureaucracy. I
> think that's the bit doing the most interfering. I hadn't heard about the
> numbers you cited, Marie. Do you think there's any chance that the increase
> in state and local government employees is the result of oversight for
> federal monies? For example, if the US Dept of Health decides a campaign
> against tobacco use is appropriate and gives a grant to the state of Florida
> for this purpose, the chances are that employees will be hired to oversee
> and monitor the grant as it is distributed to each of the 67 counties. Each
> county will probably need to hire at least one someone to oversee the
> program and report back to the state. And so on and so on We didn't elect
> any of these people, and we have no input into how the program is
> You've worked for the state, right Marie? Am I way off base here?
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