One theme adopted by the new Republican governors is to trim the state budget by cutting state employees. For example, the governor of Florida has made a commitment to cut the state workforce in order to save money. As another example, the governor of Wisconsin has been involved in a battle with unions that has garnered national media attention.
These governors do have a reasonable concern: organizations, like people, have a tendency to grow fat over time unless due effort is taken to maintain fitness. Sticking with the health analogy, it is important to ensure that what is trimmed is fat rather than losing weight that is actually important (such as muscle mass or bone).
Doing this requires a careful assessment of the state programs and state workers to see what is muscle and what is fat. Obviously, people will see things differently based on their perspectives, but this is unavoidable. Once such an assessment is made, then a rational system of cuts can be implemented based on the needs of the people. There will, of course, always be pain and complaints: no one wants to lose their job or their benefit. However, it is evident that states need to spend more responsibly and this means cutting some existing programs and some existing jobs. However, this is something that should be done for the general good and not merely to serve a political ideology or to mainly serve the interests of the moneyed class.