The Republicans who run Livingston County are trying to give themselves lots of credit for cutting staff in the last four years without cutting services.
But if you look at what the Livingston County Commissioners cut, you realize it doesn't take a rocket scientist to do it.
The biggest chunk of the 160 jobs eliminated since since 2006 were in the building department and the Department of Public Health environmental division responsible for septic tanks. If new construction has dropped to nothing, why wouldn't you cut the building department? This is just common sense.
And of course if there is no new construction, who is going to complain about the building department being cut?
But with seven Democrats running against them in the 2010 election, the do-nothing caretakers who run the county commission have to do something to make themselves look good.
And eliminating building department employees when there is no building going on anyway is the best they can point to when it comes to leadership.