The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 8, 2010
State worker payroll appropriations bill clears Senate committee

AB 790 cleared the Senate Public Employees & Retirement Committee on Monday afternoon, 4 votes to 1. Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, was the lone "no" vote.

The measure would make state employee payroll a continuing appropriation. That change would eliminate the possibility that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or subsequent governors could withhold state workers' wages to the federal minimum in the absence of a budget.

The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. It's supported by a coalition of state employee unions, led by California Association of Professional Scientists and Professional Engineers in California Government. Click here for earlier posts about AB 790.

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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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