Are state workers the new targets?

Some thoughts while wishing what was going on inside the Capitol was as pretty as blooming Capitol grounds outside:

•The political assault on public employees continues.

Last week, the Senate approved a bill to remove state Personnel Board “civil service” protections from state employees. This was long sought by former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and now by Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. They say it is needed to “rightsize” government. Read that: Fire at will.

The Personnel Board provides basic due process protections for state employees. That may sound basic to most private employers, but in government it is especially needed to protect state workers from the whims of politics.

Clarion Ledger
3/16/12