Ohio shedding state payroll

Ohio lawmakers are continuing to search for ways to decrease the state's deficit. In the meantime, the state continues to cut its government payroll to help mitigate costs, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The state's non-university public payroll fell 1.7 percent in 2010, totaling approximately $3.2 billion in salaries. It was the second straight year of reductions, falling 3.2 percent from 2008 levels.

In all, Ohio's payroll has fallen $105 million over the last two years, after climbing during 2007 and 2008. Nevertheless, overall salaries are roughly $447 million lower than they were 10 years ago, according to the Dispatch.

Much of the decrease is attributed to a fall in leave, which has resulted in $15 million in savings. Employees received $6 million worth of leave time in 2010. Overtime pay, sick leave and vacation time all decreased.

Dr. Zinovi Goubar, a psychatrist at Northcost Behavioral Healthcare, claimed the top spot as the highest public earner. He took home approximately $320,000 in 2010, including nearly $175,000 in overtime pay. Goubar also ranked as the highest-earning public employee in 2009.  

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