Brain drain in the state workforce – is Walker chasing out needed public employees?

This could be a problem. From the Cap Times:

The numbers of public employees who have retired or who have requested information on retiring are up this year in a big way.

In just the first two months of 2011, through Feb. 25, retirements jumped 31 percent compared to the same period last year, from 1,215 in 2010 to 1,595,  according to the state Department of Employee Trust Funds, which oversees the Wisconsin Retirement System.

[…] it’s clear from interviews with public employees that the potential for losing benefits in the near future looms large and is one motivation for those heading for the doors. Others are leaving because they are tired of feeling like they have a “target on their backs,” as one put it, and oppose the cuts they fear will hurt the citizens they serve.

As seasoned workers leave, people inside and outside of state government worry about a loss of institutional experience and memory.

Chalk it up to more ideological cluelessness, perhaps? Drowning government in the bathtub may or may not be a goal Scott Walker is purposely making huge strides towards achieving, but for the regular citizens who depend on a functional state government (especially during such an economically sketchy time), this is scary.

And it’s an ugly cycle that could feed on itself; the more Walker and his cronies wreck the state, the more we need experienced and qualified public employees. Clearly, Wisconsin can’t afford to wait until November of 2012 for a change to competent management.