By Grant Bosse | New Hampshire Watchdog
CONCORD — A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by then-Gov. John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions.
The Governor’s Office has issued 436 waivers so far this fiscal year. Gov. Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office.
Lynch issued an executive 0rder in February 2008 preventing much of state government from replacing workers who retire or leave their jobs. But the order, and the budget provisions that write the spending freeze into law, allowed department heads to seek a waiver from the governor.
In the first two quarters of FY 2013, Lynch OK’d 249 waivers, while denying or delaying 14 requests. Since taking office in January, Hassan has received fewer waiver requests, but granted them all. The four-member committee delegated by Hassan to decide which waivers should be granted has approved all 187 requests it has considered since January.