State workers tend to be professors or prison guards
April 16, 2010
Not so fast, according to the nonpartisan California Budget Project which reports that most state workers tend to be either college professors or prison guards, combining for a total of 60 percent of the positions. [California Watch]
For the most part, the state Department of Corrections budgets have been off-limits to the budget axe in Sacramento, due mostly to the public’s embrace of tough anti-crime positions, such as “Three Strikes.”
University of California is the biggest employer of state workers with 24 percent. Corrections is 17 percent. California State University is third with 14 percent (Department of Education and other offices get the number up to 60 percent).
Overall, California ranks 48th among 50 states when it comes to the ratio of state employees per 10,000 residents.
Bottom line: Any candidate who claims to have a plan on cutting state jobs will have to address the impact on education and Corrections.