The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 25, 2009
Union request to stop Arizona layoffs denied; public workers vs. 'Joe and Sally Taxpayer'

It's helpful, we think, to occasionally put California's state worker issues in a larger context:

1. Take a look at The Arizona Republic's story, ""Union's request to halt state layoffs denied."

While you're there, check out a few of the reader comments. Not much different than what we see on nearly every state worker news story posted on

2. Public pension consultant Susan Mangiero writes on her Pension Risk Matters blog that,

The stage is set for continued frustration on the part of public employees (many of whom no doubt work quite hard to do a great job) versus Joe and Sally Taxpayer who have less and less disposable income to finance giant IOUs.

Her comments spin off a story, "Gilt-Edged Pensions." The title says it all.

Side note: Forbes has a map that shows estimated funding levels for state pension plans around the country. Click here to view the graphic.

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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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