In a recent article you documented the move by Governor Patton and his cronies to move non-merit employees into merit positions in order to keep them on the payroll after his administration is gone. It doesn't seem to matter that there is a hiring freeze in effect or even if the job needed filling.
It is important for the general public to understand that this has become standard operating procedure at the close of the term for recent governors. These moves certainly do not come as a surprise to veteran state workers. They have seen the influx of appointed employees at the beginning of the governor's term and the push to move them into protected (merit) positions at the end of the term.
The sad part is that the people appointed, normally at inflated salaries, to the political jobs do not add to the efficiency of state government. Many times they become a roadblock to the employees who run the government, regardless of who is elected governor. Money wasted with this practice comes from the pockets of taxpayers and takes away from deserving programs.