The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 19, 2010
State worker says governor trying to 'trim the fat off an emaciated animal'

After Friday's minimum wage decision by Judge Patrick Marlette, state worker Kara Kemmler sent this e-mail. We called her and secured permission to post her words here, unedited. She speaks only for herself, not her employer or her union.


This is good news (for now) for struggling state employees, at least for those who are ordered to be punished in a transparent move by the Governor to gain an unfair advantage in contract bargaining processes. The Controller is the only one in Sacramento doing his job- why should we spend resources adjusting the payroll system to accommodate what won't actually be a cost savings for the state, creating a net added cost?? Thanks to Chiang, it looks like we will at least receive our full pay for July. That is a HUGE relief. But I have to wonder- if the "Governator" would terminate his efforts to repeatedly sue the Controller and other political maneuverings, would he save the state enough money to cover the pay for state workers that he's spending so much resources on trying to withhold and ultimately reduce...?

Instead of continuing to bash state employees and try to trim fat off an emaciated animal, it would be incredibly redeeming if he would make some sort of attempt to address the real budget problems in the state.

Thank you for reading my rant.

kara kemmler

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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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