How is the State Well Served by All of the Paid Leave Ordered by the Governor?


The Providence Journal reports today that, without explanation, Governor Raimondo has brought yet another state employee back from seven months of paid vacatio … er, leave.

A Department of Children, Youth and Families official who was placed on unexplained paid leave seven months ago was allowed to return to work this month.

This is only the latest in a series. As of July, there were eleven state employees on paid leave. This includes the three now semi-famous staffers at RIDOT who were brought back – again without explanation – in December. However, that total does NOT include this DCYF staffer just returned to work nor a second, also referenced in the ProJo article, who remains on paid leave.

What was the purpose, what has been accomplished, how is Rhode Island better off by Governor Raimondo’s actions in ordering all of these state employees onto months of taxpayer funded paid leave?