The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 18, 2009
Billwatch: Measure would protect state worker pay from cut to federal minimum

A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Ed Hernandez aims to bulletproof state worker pay in the event of future budget stalemates.

AB 1125, which you can read by clicking here, "would continuously appropriate from the General Fund and other specified funds to the Controller an amount necessary for the
payment of compensation and employee benefits to state employees, as defined, for work performed on or after July 1 of a fiscal year for which no budget has been enacted."

Clearly, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won't sign the bill if it reaches his desk, and it's hard to envision the Legislature coming up with the two-thirds vote to override a veto.

We expect the bill will be one of those that keeps resurfacing, nonetheless. But here's the larger question: Would the next governor, Republican or Democrat, sign such a bill?

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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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