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Kitzhaber orders government hiring freeze

Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered state agencies to suspend all but essential hiring for December and January.

Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered state agencies to suspend all but essential hiring for December and January.

The move follows a letter sent Monday by the three co-chairmen of the Legislature's budget committee asking the governor to tell agencies to stop "non-critical" spending until the state's next economic forecast and until lawmakers are able to reassess their $14.8 billion budget plan during the upcoming February session.
In addition to asking for a hiring freeze, including any new Oregon State Police recruit classes, the budget chiefs asked that agencies stop enrolling people in a variety of state programs, some of which have already been cut. 
Their list includes the Oregon Health Plan, offering benefits to low-income folks; employment-related day care for parents working to get off state cash assistance; Oregon Project Independence, which provides in-home help to seniors, and the state's pre-K education program for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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Last modified onMonday, 19 October 2015 11:40

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