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Ducey hiring freeze savings pegged at $2.2M so far

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Gov. Doug Ducey’s state hiring freeze has saved Arizona taxpayers $2.2 million since it was enacted by executive order in January.

The governor’s office says the number of state employees has dropped by 1.3 percent to about 34,900 in that time.

Ducey imposed the freeze as part of an effort to rein in government spending and cut government bureaucracy. The action doesn’t apply to hiring needed for law enforcement, child safety or other public safety agencies.

The actual figure provided by the governor’s office Wednesday is close to the projected $2.4 million in savings anticipated between January and June 30.

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  1. While Gov. Ducey may be proud that his hiring freeze has “saved” the state $2.2 million, we have an increasing backlog in uninvestigated child abuse cases. What will the cost be to the state if we don’t stop kids from being abused? A lot more than $2.2 million, not to mention the incalculable costs to those poor kids. We should be willing to spend $2.2 million to hire workers to investigate the increasing number of child abuse cases. We need to protect those children because they’re a state responsibility. Gov. Ducey is like a “dead beat” dad for refusing to spend the money to protect them.

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