The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 10, 2011
Brown budget calls for safety, peace officer designation review

The eight words tucked into page 175 of Gov. Jerry Brown's 2011-12 budget proposal hint at changes for some state workers who carry a gun and a badge. We've underlined the key phrase:

Efficiencies in State Operations
While there have been a number of reductions in state operations costs in recent years, there continue to be opportunities for additional savings. The Governor's Budget includes $200 million in savings associated with identification of efficiencies in state operations. For example, identification of agencies, departments, and programs that can be reorganized to eliminate duplication and unnecessary functions; review of state peace officer and safety classifications; and reductions in other areas like contracting; fleet operations; and, cell phone use.

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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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