Horner’s Hiring Freeze Not A Total Freeze

When is absolute not absolute? In politics, absolutely.

Part of Tom Horner’s budget plan calls for a state hiring freeze as of Jan. 1, so we asked the Independence Party governor candidate whether it was an absolute freeze.

“Short term, absolutely…” the governor candidate responded. “The next governor is walking into a crisis turnaround situation.”

So does that mean a Horner administration would not hire commissioners and others that governors usually pick? “No. No. Come on.”

Horner said that he would retain “reasonable means” to build an administration by hiring his own people.

Usually, a hiring freeze means that no one is hired, even if a person leaves a job. But Horner defined a freeze as “no net increase.”