The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 27, 2009
Government fraud has cost Californians $600 million this year

A report released this morning says waste, fraud and mismanagement by state and local governments cost California taxpayers more than $600 million so far this year.

The California Taxpayers' Association used media reports to compile its figures, but only 49 of the 117 examples were quantifiable, so the actual amount is likely much higher.

The association has a collection of reports on waste going back to 1999. Click here to see it. This link will open the Cal-Tax press release about the 2009 report, and clicking here will download the executive summary.

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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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