Ducey hiring freeze saves $21 million in current budget year

Ducey hiring freeze saves $21 million in current budget year

PHOENIX (AP) – Gov. Doug Ducey’s state hiring freeze continues to shrink the number of state employees and is now expected to save taxpayers nearly $21 million in the current budget year.

Figures released by Ducey’s office Tuesday show the number of state employees has dropped by 3.6 percent in the year since he took office and imposed the freeze for non-essential employees. There were 34,488 state workers as of Nov. 25, down from 35,733 when he imposed the freeze on Jan. 7, 2015.

The hiring freeze was designed to cut government spending and bureaucracy. The action doesn’t apply to hiring needed for law enforcement, child safety or other public safety agencies.

The freeze was expected to save more than $18 million in the budget year that began July 1.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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