The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 2, 2010
UPDATED: Read the 3rd District Court of Appeal's decision on state worker minimum wage

The decision is in. The 3rd District Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court's ruling that Controller John Chiang doesn't have the authority to refuse pay instructions that withhold state workers' wages to the federal minimum when there's no money appropriated to cover payroll.

We'll be reporting and writing about this throughout the day. Click here to read the court's decision. Here's the link to the breaking news story.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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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