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What is the right size for RI's state government?

When it comes to diagnosing the right size of Rhode Island's state government, who's got it right?

Is it Travis Rowley, who, with an op-ed in Friday's ProJo, rushed to the defense of Gio Cicione's ill-fated lawn sign campaign, in which the elimination of 1000 state jobs were hopefully termed "a start"?

Or do state Child Advocate Jametta O. Alston's accusations that Rhode Island's child-welfare system is broken -- in part because of "excessive caseloads" -- show that some parts of state government have too few workers?

The situation is more complex than some people want to believe. Just as there is too much waste and questionable spending in some aspects of state government, as Kathy Gregg's reports on the DOT mess have made clear, some other critical jobs -- food inspectors and probation officers, for example, suffer from an insufficient number of workers.

Rhode Island needs to pursue greater efficiency in government. It should pursue it through sober analysis, not emotional appeals to anti-worker sentiment.

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