The governor's warning that he'll fire some state workers and whack the pay of the rest if there's no budget by Monday has ticked off California's public employees -- and prompted us to unveil The State Worker a week ahead of schedule.
Since opening shop with that lead paragraph on July 24, The State Worker through Tuesday morning had posted 284 items and tallied 558,525 user hits.
Whew. That's a lot of clicking.
We'd like to thank Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's elected state workers in the legislature, both past and present, for giving us a wealth of issues to cover. Ditto the unions, the media, local and regional government, CalPERS, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and private contractors.
And of course, this blog wouldn't exist without California's state workers.
But which entries were most popular with users? We asked Bee tech guy Roger Price to run the numbers so that we could present the The State Worker's 2008 Top Ten:
#10 with 5,085 hits - Budget talk vs. union contract negotiations (Aug. 25)
The only thing that's changed since this post is that the numbers are bigger.
#9 with 5,239 hits - UPDATE -- The latest on Schwarzenegger's pay reduction order (Sept. 4)
Legal question still in the courts: Must the SCO reduce state worker pay to fed minimum when there's no budget? Answer: Who cares when you may get laid off?
#8 with 5,519 hits - Column extra: Some background on pay cuts, time off and holidays (Nov. 13)
Post provided history on state wage cuts, time off programs. Will we add another chapter in 2009?
#7 with 5,995 hits - IRS rule could impact early retirement for government workers (Sept. 22)
We piggybacked on a Las Vegas newspaper report that an obscure IRS rule change could have upended public employee retirement. The feds eventually backed off, but the notion sure scared the heck out of public employees for a while.
#6 with 6,580 hits - Departments making furlough plans (Dec. 29)
Here's how you know D-Day looms: Generals start planning the details.
Come back tomorrow for the rest of The State Worker's Greatest Hits.
Happy New Year!