The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 9, 2011
A.M. Reading: Bomb threat hoax; state worker fired for e-mail violation; rock 'n' roll and collective bargaining

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifUPDATE: State building bomb threat was a hoax
A report of possible explosive device that prompted evacuation of state Workers Compensation offices early this afternoon proved to be a hoax. (Sacramento Bee)

Cut taxes, Obama tells Congress in $450B jobs plan
WASHINGTON -- Attacking a deepening jobs crisis, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress Thursday night to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to "jolt an economy that has stalled." ... Obama proposed spending to fix schools and roads, hire local teachers and police and extend unemployment benefits. (Sacramento Bee)

State worker fired after email about free IDs
A state worker was fired Thursday after sending an email to other public employees urging them to spread the word that the state Department of Transportation provides free photo identification cards for voting. ... Larsen's email blast and firing came the day after news broke that a high-level DOT employee had instructed Department of Motor Vehicles workers not to tell people about the free IDs unless they specifically asked about them. If they don't ask, they are charged $28. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Video: Rock Guitarist Tom Morello Talks About Collective Bargaining Rights for Teachers
The former Rage Against the Machine member talked about Issue 2 before his performance at The Grog Shop. (Cleveland Heights Patch)

State employees union to vote on huge raises for executive team
The leader of California's biggest state employee union stands to earn three times her current salary under a new pay raise proposal that has drawn fire from some rank-and-file members. (Sacramento Bee)

CalPERS to put $5.3 billion in passive up for bid
CalPERS this fall will search for managers to passively run $5.3 billion in 10 portfolios including global equity, fixed income, TIPS, commodities and REITs, according to an item on the $227 billion system's Sept. 12 investment committee meeting agenda. The committee is recommending the search. (Pensions & Investments)

Adachi Challenges Lee to Pension Reform Debate
Citing the vital importance of pension reform to San Fransisco's fiscal future, San Francisco Public Defender and mayoral candidate Jeff Adachi today challenged appointed Mayor Ed Lee to publicly debate the merits of two competing pension reform proposals, Propositions C and D. (Fog City Journal)

Editorial: State pension tax is constitutional
The Michigan Supreme Court this week heard arguments about applying the state income tax to public and private pensions. The court should uphold the tax. (Detroit News)

Viewpoints: Declare a crisis, start building infrastructure
Gov. Jerry Brown has just named former Bank of America executive Michael Rossi as California's "jobs czar" to bring business, labor and the administration together to address the state's employment crisis. I would suggest that infrastructure would be a good place for Rossi to start. (Sacramento Bee)

Health premiums frozen for Montana public retirees
HELENA -- Retirees of Montana public employee retirement systems will face no increase in health insurance premiums under an agreement reached by Gov. Brian Schweitzer and public employee unions. (Billings Gazette)

Ohio treasurer publishes state workers pay online
Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel has published details of state employees salaries on his website, in pursuit of better data quality and transparency for US citizens. (Exparian QAS)

Governor Chafee, Raimondo hear from state workers, retirees
CRANSTON -- After a summer spent leading public discussions on the state's pension debt, Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo faced one of her toughest audiences Thursday night as she and Governor Chafee fielded questions from public union employees. (Providence Journal)

Gov. Tom Corbett: State workers can anticipate another day off
No final decisions have been made, but Gov. Tom Corbett said at an afternoon briefing on the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee that non-essential state workers in the Capitol Complex can "anticipate" missing another day of work Friday. (The Patriot News)

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About The State Worker

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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