Two leading county officials recently boasted of their budgeting prowess.

In an interview with KPBS, county Supervisor Ron Roberts said state government should model itself after San Diego County and described the state’s workforce as bloated. While the number of state workers has grown since 1995, Roberts said, the county’s workforce shrunk.

At a candidates’ forum, Bonnie Dumanis cited an experience of budgeting through tough times to bolster her qualifications for San Diego mayor. She told the audience she had worked with her employees at the District Attorney’s Office and downsized the budget.

In this week’s edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis examine both claims of county downsizing and explain whether the numbers have gotten bigger or smaller.

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