Putting State Job Cuts Into Perspective…

Gov. Mark Dayton says the Republican-written budget plan he vetoed would have eliminated 11,000 state jobs.

To many, that is not a bad thing. Republicans generally want to shrink government. But they say their plan would be accomplished mostly through attrition, early retirements, etc. No one seems to know how many people would have been fired if the budget passed.

Putting that number in perspective, Minnesota has 35,800 workers in the executive branch, 25,000 at the University of Minnesota, 18,800 at Minnesota State Colleges and University system campuses, 3,800 in the courts and several hundred (number depends on time of year) in the legislative branch.