The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 24, 2008
UPDATE: Legislator takes pay hike, another refuses per diem bump

081124 laird.jpg081124 de la Torre.jpgAssemblyman Hector de la Torre, an elected state worker and Southgate Democrat, has told the State Controller's Office he'll now accept a bump in his annual pay from the $113,098 he was earning to the $116,208 set a year ago by the independent California Citizens Compensation Commission.

We left a message this morning with the Assemblyman's press secretary, Hilda Delgado, to get comment. When we hear from her or the Assemblyman himself, we'll pass it along.

In the meantime, you can click here to read de la Torre's letter to the SCO.

That knocks down the list of state legislators who didn't take the $3,110 raise from 26 to 25. We blogged about this select group last week. You can read that post by clicking here.

And add Assemblyman John Laird to the list of elected state workers who didn't take the October increase in per diem.

Laird spokesman Bill Maxfield sent us the e-mail string that shows the termed-out legislator turned down the $3-per-day bump. Maxfield also explains that state workers in the Assembly Clerk's office have the low-down on who doesn't take per diem, who does, and how much. We're grateful for that bit of info.

We thought that elected state workers had to make a formal request by letter to adjust their per diem, Apparently that's not the case. It's easier than we believed.

You can read the Laird e-mail string and Maxfield's explanation by clicking here.

IMAGES: Assemblyman Hector de la Torre, left, and Assemblyman John Laird;

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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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