The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 27, 2009
You know the state's in a budget hole when...

Your department isn't allowed to buy copier toner. A state worker forwarded us this inter-agency e-mail from Rebecca Burton at the Osteopathic Medical Board:


"The Osteopathic Medical Board is in dire need of copier toner for our main (and only) copy machine. We have a Kyocera KM-3035 Copier. Due to the budgetary constraints, we were told by our Budget office that we cannot order more toner. We were told to see if there was any other DCA unit that could lend us the toner. If any office has a toner that we could BORROW, we will be happy to replace the toner as soon as we are allowed to make purchases again."

Embarrassed, the executive director, Angie Burton, confirmed the need.

"That wasn't supposed to get out," she said.

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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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