The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 27, 2010
Column Extra: The state Judicial Council

Space constraints limit our State Worker column on Thursdays to roughly 400 words, so much of what we learn in the ramp up to writing it never sees print. Column Extras give State Worker blog users more information -- the notes, the quotes and the documents behind the weekly feature.

Thumbnail image for 100527 judicial council seal.jpgOur State Worker column in today's Bee looks at the latest furlough litigation conspiracy theory that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George secretly agreed to trade judicial budget funding for a furlough litigation decision by the high court.

Since writing about the meeting in this Friday blog post, we've had time to look a bit more deeply at how the state's highest court operates, the chief justice's role in the system and the fiscal relationship between the court and lawmakers.

We'll share some of that background information in a few posts today. For starters, check out at the Judicial Council website by clicking here. You can read a fact sheet about the council by clicking here. Check out the expenditures for the judicial branch by clicking here. Page 6 has spending totals for fiscal 2008-09.


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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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