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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 8, 2011
A.M. Reading: Brown compliments Schwarzenegger; Wisconsin's big day; Ohio pension reform bogs down

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifAM Alert: CSU presidents' salaries get closer look
How much should California University University presidents get paid? The controversial subject is back in focus as a special committee of the CSU Board of Trustees discusses how those executives are selected and compensated. (Sacramento Bee)

Jerry Brown credits Schwarzenegger for 'bold ideas'
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's public approval rating already was in the tank when he left office, and that was before it came out that he had kept secret for more than a decade the fact he fathered a child with a member of his household staff. Easy as it might be to pile on, however, Schwarzenegger's successor, Jerry Brown, wasn't biting. (Sacramento Bee)

Wisconsin Recalls open eyes, wallets
The whole world is watching. Or at least the U.S. political world. The huge piles of money that have been landing in campaign coffers, the announcement last month that the Republican National Committee was "all-in," the appearance in the state of seasoned operatives from other high-stakes campaigns around the country - all these point to the critical nature of Tuesday's six recall elections. And that they're catching the attention of the nation's political professionals. But why? What meaning do Wisconsin's unprecedented recall elections have beyond the state's borders? (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Bankruptcy Exit Approved for City
After nearly three years of winding its way through federal bankruptcy court, Vallejo, Calif., was cleared Friday to emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, said Marc Levinson, the city's bankruptcy attorney. (Wall Street Journal)

Wisconsin recall votes grab national spotlight
HUDSON, WIS. - Across the St. Croix River on the western edge of Wisconsin, a long-brewing political storm will touch down Tuesday. There -- and in several other state Senate districts -- voters will cast ballots in extraordinarily heated political races that have huge implications for Wisconsin's political future. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

State pays top earner to snooze
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- As a doctor at one of Missouri's psychiatric institutions, Hungi Sripal has been paid thousands of dollars while sleeping on the job. His round-the-clock wages helped make Sripal the state's highest-paid employee, earning more than double the governor. (Associated Press / Columbia Daily Tribune)

State workers struggle to grasp paycheck changes
Michel Miller works two jobs to support herself and her disabled husband. Susan LaCross can't afford to send her grandson to Little League this year. Jodi Jostmeyer is her home's sole breadwinner, going to the office every day even though she suffers a brain condition that causes daily migraines. (Statesman Journal)

Lawmaker seeks ban on raises
BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget doesn't propose giving extra money to state agencies for pay raises next year, but government workers could still get salary boosts if agency chiefs can scrape together the money on their own. That possibility rankled Rep. John Schroder, who said Wednesday that state employees shouldn't get so-called "merit raises" while departments are cutting services to Louisiana residents and eliminating programs. (Associated Press / Alexandria Town Talk)

Ohio pension reform in limbo as legislature waits to address changes
COLUMBUS -- Here is advice for the 1.7 million Ohioans in the state's five public pension systems who have been waiting for nearly two years to get the final word on what changes will be mandated by lawmakers to shore up the retirement funds: Don't hold your breath. (Dayton Daily News)

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