The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 5, 2009
UPDATED: Schwarzenegger: State worker benefits 'unbelievable'

This in from Capitol Bureau colleague Kevin Yamamura, writing about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's visit with The Bee's editorial board this morning:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he doesn't have a problem with state workers making $63,815 in average base pay, but he does not think the "unbelievable benefits" they receive are sustainable.

Click here to read the rest of the story. Kevin is working on fleshing out the story and we'll be posting more comments from the governor in a bit.

UPDATE June 8, 6:43 a.m.: The Bee's opinion section on Sunday ran excerpts from the governor's meeting that you can read by clicking here. The entire session, a tad more than 72 minutes, also is available for online viewing at Click here for that.

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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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