The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 26, 2011
A.M. Reading: Legislative budgets; Ct. axes troopers; Wis. labor politics; Ohio's prison privatization plan politics;

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifPortantino bill would require Legislature to open its records
Legislation to force the Assembly and Senate to comply with the same public records standards imposed on local governments was proposed Thursday by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge. (Sacramento Bee)

Editorial: Urge your lawmaker to release budget data
The California Assembly continues to balk at releasing documents related to this year's office budgets. By withholding this information, Assembly leaders are almost surely violating provisions of the state Constitution that grant the public the right to access public information. (Sacramento Bee)

State Troopers Chose Raises Over Layoffs
It was a difficult decision to make, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was right to lay off 56 rookie state troopers and 23 correction supervisors this week. The employees who lost their jobs were members of the only two bargaining units representing state workers that rejected a concessions deal calling for a two-year wage freeze in exchange for a four-year no-layoff guarantee. (Hartford Courant)

Teacher Rankings Ordered Released
A state court on Thursday ordered New York City to release data that ranks thousands of school teachers based on student test scores, saying the public interest in disclosure overrides privacy concerns. (Wall Street Journal)

Group sues over Ohio prison privatization plan
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A liberal policy group that previously sued over Gov. John Kasich's privatization of Ohio's economic development functions has filed a similar lawsuit challenging privatization of five state prisons. (Associated Press / ABC 13)

Montana state workers win insurance cost freeze
HELENA -- The state employee unions say they have secured a guarantee that employee health insurance premiums won't go up in 2012 even as they continue to fight the state over a pay freeze imposed by the Legislature. (Great Falls Tribune)

George Will: Waterloo in Wisconsin
The residues of liberalism's Wisconsin Woodstock -- 1960s radicalism redux: operatic lamentations, theatrical demonstrations and electoral futilities -- are words of plaintive defiance painted on sidewalks around the state Capitol. (

On Wisconsin: Obama's Badger State Dilemma
In some cases Illinoisans are greeted in Wisconsin by a somewhat creative three letter acronym that crudely describes their alleged poor command of the highways. Rather than endure such hostility, President Barack Obama recently decided to avoid the Badger State completely during his trip through the Midwest. However, whereas Obama's fellow Illinoisans usually have to encounter stereotypes inspired from behind the wheel, the president has a completely different problem: terrible polling numbers. (The Commentator)

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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