Cadillac Deval Hired 1,300 State Workers During Fiscal Meltdown

The price tag?  A cool $46 million.

The Patrick administration filled more than 1,300 state jobs this year –  including a librarian for cons, a painter for hospitals and a “game biologist” – in a hiring frenzy that has watchdogs questioning whether the governor has a tight grip on hiring in the face of a dire fiscal crisis.

A Herald payroll analysis also indicates scores of the lucky job-seekers also gave generously to Gov. Deval Patrick’s election campaign.

The hiring flurry is alarming state budget observers who slammed the governor for dishing out plum posts – including 20 that carry salaries of $100,000 or more – with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Shockingly, dozens among the new-hire hacks donated to Deval’s election campaign.

A Herald payroll analysis also indicates scores of the lucky job-seekers also gave generously to Gov. Deval Patrick’s election campaign.

Hackopalooza.