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State payroll adds 297 workers; colleges see most of fiscal year’s gain

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was originally published September 3, 2017 at 4:30 a.m. Updated September 5, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Gov Asa Hutchinson is shown in this file photo.



Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville, is shown in this file photo.

Maria Markham, director of the state Higher Education Department is shown in this photo.

Graphs showing state payroll growth.

The number of full-time state employees increased by 297 to 60,226 last fiscal year, and their ranks at public colleges and universities increased but numbers at other agencies declined, according to an annual state report.



Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville, is shown in this file photo.

Maria Markham, director of the state Higher Education Department is shown in this photo.

Graphs showing state payroll growth.

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KITSMITH says... September 3, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

I want my tax dollars to go to locking up criminals and hiring and retaining officers with better pay! Higher pay would eliminate turnover rate. I want to be able to get out in my city without wondering if I am going to be the next victim because the state released or didn't have room for someone who disrespects law. I approve of tougher sentences.

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RBBrittain says... September 3, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.

@KITSMITH: Much of what you seek is actually at local level (counties & cities), NOT the state. As for the state agencies most responsible in this area -- the Departments of Corrections & Community Correction -- it's been shown that locking up more criminals actually leads to MORE hardened criminals committing MORE violent crimes, because prisons are like breeding grounds for career criminals. We need less severe options for petty criminals who can still be rehabilitated, reserving the prisons for those criminals so hardened that they can't be rehabilitated.

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HM2 says... September 3, 2017 at 7:24 p.m.

295 of which are black.

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DoubleBlind says... September 4, 2017 at 2:53 p.m.

HM2 - which I'm guessing stands for homo moron squared - can you back up your post with certified stats? Or, is yours just a blatant racist upchuck? I think it's horrendous Asa allowed public sector headcount to further bloat but diversity or lack thereof is not the issue. Support your posts with facts or shut it.

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