What Kitzhaber means by a hiring freeze

12/15/2011: From the Oregonian:

One day after telling state agencies to suspend all hiring except for the most essential jobs, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office posted a new job for an “early learning system director.”

On Tuesday, the governor and legislative leaders agreed that the state would freeze hiring and stop enrolling people in benefit programs until after a key economic forecast in February.

Then Wednesday at midnight, the governor’s office posted the position on the state jobs page, highlighted by a bold red “New!” It has a salary range from $79,956 to $117,756. …

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