A hiring freeze enacted by Governor Kitzhaber last November, when tax collections were slumping, has been lifted, thanks to the Legislature’s rebalancing of the budget. But it doesn’t mean that more state hiring in eminent. That’s because of a provision in the budget adoption; state departments are supposed to work toward an 11:1 supervisor to worker ratio. How departments will be able to accomplish that fete in view of the fact that no two departments are alike, in the nature of what they do or how they do it, puts the issue very much up in the air. The story is in the Statesman-Journal. Click here.