State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) recently filed HB 291, a bill that would freeze hiring by state agencies for the 2014-15 biennium.
King’s bill would implement a freeze on non-essential state hiring for the upcoming two-year budget period and would also prevent the dollars from those unfilled positions from being used by that agency for other purposes.
“The economy has seen many ups and downs over the past few years,” King stated. “Businesses small and large across Texas are doing what it takes to balance their checkbooks in a fiscally responsible manner, and it is critical that the state government conduct business in the same way.
“By implementing a hiring freeze, we can save precious dollars during a time when every dollar counts. These funds can be directed to the critical services our state provides.”
The state currently employs 295,882 full-time-equivalent (FTE) personnel [an FTE is any combination of employees whose hours total 40 in a week].