The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 21, 2011
From the notebook: Budget shows cut to state work force

Thumbnail image for notebook.jpgWe can never get everything we learn into a news story. "From the notebook" posts give you some of the extra details behind the news.

Our story in today's Bee looks at what Gov. Jerry Brown's budget says -- and doesn't say -- about the size of the state work force next year.

Here's information from his state budget proposal that lays out the number of workers the state will employ in 2011-12, translated into "personnel years," and what it will cost to compensate them. (Click on the table to see a larger version.)

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You'll find the data above on PDF page 194 in Brown's budget 266-page budget summary, which you can download here. The numbers in the executive section of the table represent employees under gubernatorial authority. The figures include State Fund, CalPERS, CalSTRS and a few other quasi-autonomous groups, but you get the idea.


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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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