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Gov. Rick Scott's shrinking Florida government workforce

From today's column by Steve Bousquet:

In the spirit of generosity that marks the holiday season, Gov. Rick Scott will give state workers an extra day off this Friday.

How kind!

Scott issued an executive order shutting all state office buildings two days before Christmas.

Will anybody notice?

State employees have become practically an endangered species in Florida.

Year in and year out, they are sacrificed at the altar of a smaller, leaner bureaucracy at a time when politicians are forced to continually slash the size of the state budget to avoid raising taxes.

Florida has the smallest and lowest-paid workforce of any state in the country.

It's a trend that will continue in 2012.

Keep reading.