The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 21, 2008
Local radio host Maiman on state workers, furloughs, pensions

KFBK's Bruce Maiman on Thursday night led off his 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. talk show with our latest State Worker column "California's elected officials urged to pare their own pay."

At 2 minutes and 50 seconds into the show's opening segment, Maiman starts a 13-minute monologue that included these comments:

I know that many of you who criticize state workers are quick to accuse them of being loafers -- "it's a government job; they don't work that hard" -- all those stereotypes ...

If we're going to talk about state workers, please, let's not forget that lawmakers are state workers. And if they're not willing to cut their (own) salaries then we need to cut them out of a job ...

One of the worst things you can be in politics is a hypocrite. So please, quit the sanctimonious blathering about how badly we need to make cuts because the state has a spending problem when we're spending $116,000 a piece on you and you're not willing to take a pay cut for yourself and you're not really doing your job in the first place.

In the second hour of the three-hour show, Maiman brought up our Nov. 13 column about
Orange County's Measure J, "Voters take aim at civil service pay." We slowed the show down with a brief appearance in the third hour.

You can listen to Maiman's Thursday night broadcast by clicking here.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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