Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has offered to fire 30,000 California state workers. Whitman, who is running for governor, had previously pledged to eliminate 10 percent of California’s 345,000-employee work force.
Whitman explained that she would begin by forming a team tasked with downsizing various agencies and departments.
“The governor gets 4,000 appointments, 400 of which make an enormous difference because they are agency heads or department heads. Those are the individuals that will streamline regulations, that will collapse departments and will lay off middle management and superfluous overhead,” said Whitman.
Whitman also told the Sacramento Bee that she would feel “badly” about the 30,000-40,000 layoffs.
“[However,] I feel even more badly for the millions of Californians who are paying higher taxes, who are looking at a state that is not working,” added Whitman.
According to the Huffington Post, Meg Whitman is currently the fourth richest woman in California, with a net worth of at least $1.4 billion.