The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 24, 2008
More about Sutter County pensions; Capitol Christmas carols to make you smile -- or grimace

A few weeks ago we posted an op-ed piece from The Appeal Democrat that called for Sutter County to change its public employee pension system, "which will eventually consume most of the county's budget."

Attorney Holly Stout takes on that assertion in a rebuttal op-ed.

Here's a key paragraph:

Most government employees earn less money than their counterparts in the private sector. Personal experience suggests the majority of these fit into one of two categories. There is the employee who takes the government job to get work experience to transfer to the private sector for more money. This employee costs the government employer its training costs without the benefit of a long-term employee. The other type is the employee who is willing to accept the lower salary in exchange for the better benefits, including retirement, health care, and better working hours. The only way the government can retain valuable trained employees is by offering better benefits.

You can read the entire piece by clicking here.

On an entirely different note, Capitol Alert blog users sent lyrics to a couple of traditional Christmas songs with the words tweaked for these troubling times. Hum the tunes while you read the lyrics here.

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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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