Data drop on state employee numbers

Today the Iowa Senate gave final legislative approval to a package of early retirement incentives for long-time employees in the executive branch of state government.  Read the Radio Iowa story. About 2200 workers would be eligible for the incentives; officials expect about half of them to agree to the early out plan.

Just so you know, there are about 53,000 full-time employees in the executive branch of state government.  About half — 26,880 — work at the state-supported universities (the University of Iowa, Iowa State University & the University of Northern Iowa).

There are 1730 full-time employees in the judicial branch of government.

The legislative branch has 187 people on the payroll who are full-time and work year-round. (There are a number of part-time employees in the legislative branch who just work during the legislative session, which this year is scheduled to end March 31, 2010.)

Yes, Virginia, there are three branches of state government and the bill which is now on its way to the governor for his approval would extend the early retirement incentives to workers in the executive branch only.


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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.