The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 16, 2008
SEIU slams Republican budget plan

We just received this news release from SEIU Local 1000 media guy Jim Zamora:

The Republican budget proposal relies too heavily on cuts, requires a successful ballot initiative to take money that voters already allocated for children's health care and aid to the mentally ill, and outsources state services to more expensive private contractors.

Worst of all, the Republican budget proposal completely ignores the potential for guaranteeing our state's allotment of the federal economic stimulus package. SEIU Local 1000 urges Republicans and Democrats to join our campaign to push Congress and President-elect Obama to give California our fair share of federal stimulus money.

You can read the rest by clicking here.

To get a bit of a different view, check out colleague Dan Walters' analysis in his column today. Read it here.

And click here to view Bee Cap Bureau Chief Dan Smith's comparison of the deficit reduction plans of the Republicans, Democrats and Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger.

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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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