The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 31, 2009
Christmas in July for state workers in West Virginia?

West Virginia's governor wants to give his state workers a summer gift.

In contrast to the massive budget deficit affecting state workers and department budgets here in California, West Virginia has an unexpected $65 million surplus.

So, Gov. Joe Manchin wants to use about half of it to give $500 payments to each of his state's  51,000 full-time employees.  His plan still needs legislative approval.

To read more about Manchin's plan, described in a report by Associated Press reporter Lawrence Messina, go ahead and click here  and for more details click here for a story from West Virginia's Charleston Gazette.

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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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