3 agencies see bulk of deleted positions

JUNEAU — Of the 288 vacant, permanent state government positions Gov. Sean Parnell wants to cut, most are in three agencies.

Health and social services would have 65 such posts cut; Fish and Game, 59; and the department of transportation, 58. Deleted positions in other agencies range from 22 to zero within the university system.

Parnell’s spokeswoman said most of the positions were vacant at least 11 months. The deleted posts are intended to help the state better absorb positions needed for a new prison.

Parnell proposed new positions for numerous agencies but with deletions, just four would have more authorized positions. The numbers, outside of corrections, range from one additional position to five.

Kevin Brooks, director of administrative services for Fish and Game, says the plan isn’t creating a hardship.

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