Otter aims to cut 458 jobs from Idaho government




BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Gov. C.L. ``Butch'' Otter's budget chief
outlined plans to cut 458 jobs from state government in fiscal year
2011 as part of his plan to trim spending.

Wayne Hammon told the Joint Finance-Appropriations budget
committee Thursday said 637 full-time positions are currently
vacant, out of about 18,000 total state jobs.

He determined more than half of those could be eliminated,
because they'd been long vacant and weren't likely to be filled

Not all positions on the chopping block are empty, though.
Twenty-five jobs would be axed from the Department of Parks and
Recreation in Otter's plan to eliminate the agency and shift park
oversight to the Department of Lands.

Hammon says he worked with agencies to avoid hurting critical
services and tried, for instance, to preserve Department of Health
and Welfare case workers and Idaho Tax Commission auditors.

But he concedes, ``I will not tell you they all agreed with the
final decision we made.''

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