IPR News

Does smaller state staff mean bigger problems?

by Stan Jastrzebski

March 9, 2012

According to numbers from the Indiana Personnel Department, since the nationwide recession began in 2008, the State of Indiana has shed more than eleven percent of its workforce.  Some agencies within the state – including a number tasked with public safety — have seen job cuts far in excess of the state average.  Leaders are quick to say they’ve “modernized”, “right-sized” or “streamlined” their operations, but layoffs and attrition have led to delays in service delivery and a statewide game of catch-up.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski reports.