The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 4, 2008
Billwatch: Extended military pay benefits for state workers

Legislation: SB 1353


What it does: Gives the governor the power to extend differential pay  and benefits up to 60 months for state workers called up to serve in the military. The current maximum is 24 months.


Who is affected: Approximately 2,400 state employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserves, although none have exceeded the current 2-year differential pay limit. The bill's analyst says that it is "very unlikely that any of the members who already served two years will be selected again for deployment anytime soon."


What it will cost: About $48,000 if those same state employees are again called to serve.


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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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