RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Reducing the cost of government is a hot button topic in politics these days, and leaders of all stripes are puffing out their chests to show just how much they have cut. That includes the local level.
Check out this recent claim by Chesterfield County Administrator James Stegmaier in a speech to the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce: "Chesterfield has eliminated more positions from its general government operations than the commonwealth has from the entire state government since (fiscal) 2009."
Chesterfield has far fewer employees than the state. How could they have cut more jobs? Politifact checked and determined the claim is "true."
To the numbers...Chesterfield had just under 3,697 jobs in 2009 and by June 30th...they will be down to a little more than 3,500; a drop of 181 jobs.
How does that compare to the state? The state had close to 115,000 jobs in 2009...this year they will be down to around 114,000. A total drop of 157 jobs, 24 less than Chesterfield.
No matter how you look at it, even when you include jobs that aren't filled. Politifact Virginia Reporter Sean Gorman said its clear Chesterfield has cut more jobs than the state.
"This is, again, an actual head count of people working in jobs in the county and the state. And by those numbers the county saw its numbers go down by around 150, while the state went up by 600 so Steigmeier's statement is still correct," said Gorman.
You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com.