The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 10, 2011 today: Live video, chat coverage for Brown's budget

Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to release his budget plan at 11 a.m. today. will carry the live video and host a live chat so you can share your comments and questions about the budget.

At 1 p.m., we invite you to rejoin the chat with Bee political columnist Dan Walters. Share your comments, questions and tell us what you're seeing in the budget documents.

The Bee's Capitol Bureau reporting team will provide frequent updates on the governor's budget plan and reaction on the Capitol Alert blog. You may sign up now for breaking political news e-mail alerts from Capitol Alert.

Come to for complete budget coverage:

• Brown's Countdown: The Bee, in partnership with Capital Public Radio, tracks the governor's ambitious goal to secure a deal to close California's multibillion-dollar budget imbalance within 60 days. Coverage started Sunday and includes daily updates.

• News, photos, video

• Interactive timeline of California's budget crisis.

• Forum: What state program would you slice? Which one needs to be protected? Share your comments and see what others are saying


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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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