The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 10, 2011
A.M. Reading: Wisconsin recalls; receiver's move; Napa attack

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifWisconsin recall: Republicans take 4 of 6 in recall elections, hold Senate
Democrats won two state Senate seats in Tuesday's historic recall elections, but failed to capture a third seat that would have given them control of the chamber. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

California's July revenue drop prompts fear of more school cuts
California has already fallen behind the revenue hopes that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers used to solve the budget deficit in June, raising fears Tuesday that deeper education cuts may be in the state's future. Controller John Chiang said for the first month of the new fiscal year, California missed its $5.2 billion July general fund revenue target by $538.8 million, or 10.3 percent. (Sacramento Bee)

State decides to move prison health care agency to Elk Grove
The city of Elk Grove has won a high-stakes competition to house the headquarters of the California Correctional Health Care Services starting next year, city officials said late Tuesday. (Sacramento Bee)

SC Budget Board Raises State Health Care Premiums
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Public employees in South Carolina will pay 4.5 percent more for their health insurance next year, after the state Budget and Control Board voted Tuesday to raise premiums for the state health plan. (WSPA)

Michigan state worker unions to bargain together
LANSING, Mich. -- Officials from labor unions representing most of Michigan's state employees said Tuesday they plan to bargain together as contract talks escalate. (Associated Press / CBS Moneywatch)

Another Patient Attacks Napa State Hospital Worker
NAPA, Calif. -- The troubled Napa State Hospital was on lock down for hours over the weekend following the latest patient attack on an employee. (KTVU)

Barbour taps group to examine MS retirement system
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday appointed a commission to study the investments, management and other financial aspects of the state's Public Employees Retirement System. (Associated Press /

Guards go to court in effort to block Connecticut prison closing
HARTFORD -- State prison guards on Tuesday became the first union to oppose Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's planned layoffs, filing for an injunction in state Superior Court in an attempt to keep open the Bergin Correctional Institution in Storrs. (Connecticut Post)

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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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