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Mar 4, 2010 12:51 PM

Analysis says 1,500 CalTrans jobs are wasteful

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A state report says the California Department of Transportation should eliminate 1,500 jobs in a unit it says has a bloated workforce.

The recommendation from the Legislative Analyst's Office says the eliminations should come from the department's Capital Outlay Support Program. The unit manages construction of roughly $10 billion in highway projects.

The report says the program is overstaffed and "lacks strong management." Its costs "regularly exceeded the norm, often by a considerable margin."

The legislative analyst suggests its recommendation would save the state $200 million. It also says the Legislature should reject the governor's request to give the department $3.4 billion to fund public-private partnerships.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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