The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 19, 2010
Billwatch: MOU measures, pay appropriations bill face key votes

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100715 Senate Logo.jpgFurlough court fights have dominated the news, but don't forget that the Legislature is considering several bills of keen interest to state workers, including ...

MOU bills: The State Worker has calls out to the Legislature regarding Senate Bill 846 and Assembly Bill 1592. The two bills cover labor agreements reached with bargaining units 5, 8, 12, 16, 18 and 19. They're in the final stages of legislative action before going to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for his signature.

assembly seal.gifState worker wage appropriation bill: We're also asking about Assembly Bill 1699, which would make state employee payroll a continuously appropriated item. That change would shield state workers from threat of their pay being withheld to the federal minimums allowed during a budget impasse.

As we reported last month, Democrats were prepared to make significant concessions to get the Republican support needed to get to the two-thirds vote required to pass the bill. The latest version of the bill does exactly that by guaranteeing payments to businesses that provide goods and services during a budget impasse. Under current law, the state delays pay to vendors for anything they provide after June 30 until a budget is in place.

(Click here for an earlier State Worker post that explains the 2003 state Supreme Court decision that Schwarzenegger invokes to order minimum wage.)

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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