The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 25, 2009
Assembly bill would cap state worker pay at $150,000 (but not for everyone)
He doesn't represent any Sacramento area area district.

And that may be why Assemblyman Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, is brave enough to introduce a bill that would prohibit any pay raises, overtime pay, or other increase in compensation for state workers who earn more than $150,000 a year.

Portantino's bill, which would remain in effect "until the economy recovers," would nevertheless let the governor make exemptions to the salary freeze for his powerful political allies - police officers and firefighters.

The exemption would allow pay raises for workers "necessary for protecting the safety and security of the people of California," but he'd still have explain their need.

Portantino says his AB 53 would even apply to legislative and gubernatorial staff.

The Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee will take a look at his bill next Wednesday morning.

The hearing will be held at 9:30 A.M. at the Capitol, Room 444.

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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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