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Excessive state job protections unneeded

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 20, 2013
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Around half the employees at the Tourism and Recreation Department, one agency affected by SB 1124, are already at-will workers. Things seem to be working fine. Why should there suddenly be a problem if 100 percent of tourism employees become at-will?

Furthermore, merit-protection regulations didn't end cronyism. Around 70 percent of Department of Health positions are classified jobs, yet that agency was embroiled in a “ghost employee” scandal several years ago. At least five ex-legislators and 21 relatives of former or current legislators were on the department's payroll at that time.

Granting agency directors greater flexibility in staff management should be a net positive. We doubt many Oklahomans will pity government workers whose job security is changed to simply mirror their own.