Gov. Ted Strickland has directed state agencies to draft proposals for offering early retirement incentives to trim their staffs and save money.
Spokesman Keith Dailey said Strickland is concerned about the possibility of a recession and its potential impact on the state budget, citing the faltering housing market and rising energy costs.
The governor asked agency heads to offer voluntary buyouts to at least 5% of eligible employees, primarily union members. He also requested plans for mandatory buyouts.