The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 24, 2010
A.M. Reading: Political e-mails; Idaho state workers can't take pay cut

We're attending this morning's Little Hoover Commission hearing on pensions and we're monitoring the 3rd District Court of Appeal for a ruling on Gilb v. Chiang, the state worker minimum wage appeal case.

Meanwhile, you'll find these and other news items of state worker interest under our "Recommended Links" on the right side of this page. Thanks to the many State Worker blog users who have sent along their suggested links. Keep 'em coming!

Should state workers forward campaign e-mails?
State and university employees collected campaign e-mails at work, but is it a problem? Some say yes; others say employees can't help what they receive ... Problems arise when candidate e-mails are forwarded to other employees instead. All state agency e-mail systems are taxpayer-funded and can't be used to support a cause or candidate.

Idaho tax collectors try to take pay cut but can't
With a looming state budget gap, Idaho's four top tax collectors wanted to show solidarity with state workers who were having their wages cut. So they took furlough days to reduce their own salaries. Only trouble is, their voluntarily turning down salary violates state law, the tax collectors learned Wednesday -- so they will get be paid for the days they took off.

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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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