The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 19, 2011
Column Extra: The $410 million pension contribution swing

With just 400 to 450 words for our weekly State Worker column, most of what we learn each week never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes and the observations that inform what's published.

Our column in today's Bee notes that the state's employer pension contribution for fiscal 2011-12 will run about $410 million less that it would have been without the higher employee contributions negotiated first by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and then continued in contract agreements negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown.

What follows are CalPERS' actuarial estimates that show the exact figures. Note: The report was printed before Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure with the last six contracts into law this week, so the third column, "With Increase in Member Contributions for All Agreements (Includes those not Ratified Yet)" actually includes the estimates of those newly-ratified deals:

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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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