The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 10, 2009
Legislature avoided mandatory budget cuts

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From Capitol Bureau colleague Jim Sanders:

The California Legislature avoided deep cuts to its base funding in the new state budget and stands to benefit by tens of millions of dollars in future years if the economy rebounds.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to require cuts of about 10 percent for the Assembly and Senate was shelved.

Closed-door negotiations produced an alternative that relies on voluntary rather than mandatory cuts to legislative spending ...

The deal provides new ammunition to critics who note that legislative employees, unlike other state workers, are not threatened with layoffs or targeted for pay cuts through furloughs.

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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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