Many state workers fear that Tom Corbett will keep his pledge to downsize the number of state employees by a 10% across the board cut as promised during his campaign. Governor-elect Corbett wants to review the funding for each state program to make sure they are operating correctly.
The Service Employees Union has prepared a list of nonpersonnel cost-saving suggestions that could save Pennsylvania millions of dollars. The same union has a large number of employees that will qualify for retirement next year thereby eliminating workers by attrition instead of layoffs.
Pennsylvania has a huge pension crisis looming on the horizon along with other financial problems that are recession related. Hard choices will need to be made to cover the multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Early retirement incentives are being offered to state employees as a way to cut the state’s workforce.
Pennsylvania has the second largest state government while being the sixth largest state in population. Many hard choices will need to be made to get Pennsylvania’s financial house in order.