The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 8, 2009
State worker news from elsewhere: Furloughs, job cuts and anger
Think things are grim for state workers here in California?

There's fear and anxiety across the country, my state worker friends.

Consider this week's events in Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada.

In Michigan, about 300 state employees face layoffs - including 100 State Police troopers - and most state workers will take six unpaid days off before October under a $300 million budget-cutting plan approved by lawmakers, The Detroit Free Press reports.

In Florida, that state's budget is calling for another year of wage freezes. For some state workers, it will actually mean 2 percent pay cuts.

Tensions are growing as workers watched food and utility bills and the price of their commutes all go up, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

In Wisconsin, it's even a little worse.

Up to 1,100 state workers could be laid off and most state workers would be forced to take 16 days of unpaid leave under a budget-balancing plan outlined Thursday by Gov. Jim Doyle, The Associated Press reports in The Chippewa Herald.

Local TV is already soaking up the anger. Click here to watch a local TV report.

In Nevada, state workers will get one furlough day a month. That's equal to a 4 percent pay cut, The Las Vegas Sun reports.  Read that story by clicking here.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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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