State work force ‘stretched to the limit’

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Colorado has the leanest government in the Rocky Mountain region.

A report shows that the state has the fewest employees in the region, and that it under-invests in state assets, such as education, highways, police protection and natural resources.

“Our report verifies what state employees in the field have been saying for the better part of a year,” said Robert Gibson, state director of WINS, a membership organization of state employees. “We have been cut to the bone and not only are Colorado WINS members suffering, but so are the citizens of Colorado.”

In the report, Gibson said the state’s pay has been stagnant since 2002 – up just 1.8 percent during the same period. Pay in other Rocky Mountain states has risen sharply during that same period, Gibson said.

The full report can be viewed at

4 Responses to State work force ‘stretched to the limit’

  1. I don’t mean to sound naive, but how does Colorado having fewer employees than other states mean we’re “stretched to the limit”? Why isn’t the conclusion: “Colorado is the only state that isn’t over staffed”? Perhaps our state’s employees are actually just able to do more with less and the other states need to learn from our example.

    I’m not saying that’s true, just that it’s as likely a conclusion from that particular statistic.

    Words like “under-invest” and “stretched to the limit” imply that the current level of spending and staffing is below some standard; but what is that standard? Everyone else’s average? I don’t think so. If everyone was plunging off a cliff would we feel bad for not going along?

    December 21, 2009 at 12:33 pm

  2. Anon makes great points – ditto what he said.

    Second, how is our educaiton under-funded? We voted FOR Referendum C a few years ago that but a hold on TABOR and funneled that money to education.

    Perhaps the story should read “Colorado is under-staffed but those faithful few manage to screw it up just as much as other states in the region.”

    Under funded education my eye – idiot DNC controlled legistlature is more like it.

    Hunter W
    December 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

  3. Just because there are less than other states doesn’t mean they are understaffed. All government tends to over bloated with staff. I can say that as a blanket statement because any time you have any unions involved, you have narrowly defined jobs that only certain class workers can do. I have worked in union shops and the waste is incredible. It often takes 3 people to do the work of 1 well trained individual in a nonunion shop.
    There is no way that any rational conservative would agree that we under invest in education. Every time a local school board wants more money, they cut bus service and threaten to cut into the sports program and every stupid mill levy passes. Our local schools are so top heavy with ‘administrators’ and waste in the executive and administrative functions, it is disgusitng. My wife worked at new school opening in D20 and was told by the principal to order the highest price item every time in the catalog every time. Also, the prinicipal wanted the copiers painted teal to match the schools interior colors. Who would consider that in industry?
    The only thing I would agree that is underinvested is the roadways. While we are spending tax payer dollars to provide benefits to same sex ‘partners’ of the moment, we have let our bridges deteriorate and ignored the 10s of thousands of vehicles on the north I25 corrider to Denver.
    State, city and school administrations are receiving unprecedented percentages of our income and have become so bloated from non-core functions that they no longer have any sense of what their primary purpose is. i.e. Schools are dumbing down their tests and are becoming the worst in the world. My kids went through Rampart High School’s AP and IB programs and never read the Constituion for crying out loud. How can only 30% of the AP students pass the AP tests and then take the course work in college and get A’s and B’s? I submit that the high school teachers we have are either too busy doing social studies or incompetent to teach the material.
    They don’t need more money, just better management and learn that the Constitution meant limiited government, not unlimited government growth and taxation.

    December 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  4. Jacko – again, I don’t see how we underinvest in our roads. A few years ago we voted for a 1% sales tax to go to the PPRTA – which funds many of our road projects.

    Many of our elected officials, like many school administrators, never held a position in private business nor owned a business. They continue to run government like they always have – full of waste and bad decisons.

    Hunter W
    December 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm