Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered state agencies to freeze hiring as part of the spending reduction goals called for in his budget proposal.
Brown’s executive order applies to vacant, seasonal and full and part-time positions across state government, but includes exceptions for filling “positions that are critical to public safety, revenue collection and other core functions, in cases where these essential duties cannot be carried out at current staffing levels,” according to a release. It also exempts senior-level appointments in the Brown administration. Any “limited exemptions” to the order will require approval from the governor’s office.
Brown’s budget, designed to help close a $25 billion deficit, calls for state agencies to achieve $363 million in operational cost savings in the next fiscal year. Departments that meet their spending reduction goals will no longer be subject to the hiring freeze order.
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