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Otter aims to cut 458 jobs from Idaho government

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(Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter prepares to enter the Idaho House Chambers
to deliver his 2010 State of the State address. January 11, 2010.
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BOISE, Idaho. - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's budget chief outlined plans to cut 458 jobs from state government in fiscal year 2011 as part of his plan to trim spending.
     
Wayne Hammon told the Joint Finance-Appropriations budget committee Thursday said 637 full-time positions are currently vacant, out of about 18,000 total state jobs.
     
He determined more than half of those could be eliminated, because they'd been long vacant and weren't likely to be filled soon.
     
Not all positions on the chopping block are empty, though. Twenty-five jobs would be axed from the Department of Parks and Recreation in Otter's plan to eliminate the agency and shift park oversight to the Department of Lands.
     
Hammon says he worked with agencies to avoid hurting critical services and tried, for instance, to preserve Department of Health and Welfare case workers and Idaho Tax Commission auditors, but he concedes, "I will not tell you they all agreed with the final decision we made."

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