The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 21, 2011
A.M. Reading: Calif. debt gets cheaper; the 'McMuffin brigade'; Mich. refund; NM layoffs

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifCalifornia borrowing benefits from market, improved budget stability
Wall Street, which has long frowned on California and its budget grief, cracked a smile Tuesday. In its first sale of general obligation bonds since the passage of a rare, on-time state spending plan, California will pay tens of millions of dollars less in interest than it did last fall. (Sacramento Bee)

Editorial: 'Tip of the spear' of pension reform in San Diego
Public-pension reform advocates in San Diego face a daunting task. They have four weeks to collect the remaining 30,000 valid signatures needed to qualify the "Comprehensive Pension Reform" initiative for the June ballot. It's not every day that that we concern ourselves with local issues outside of Orange County. Then again, not many local measures represent the kind of dramatic reform that could serve as a model for fixing the state's broken public pension system.

David Frum: Revolt of the McMuffin brigade
It's a little hard to tell this story from Chicago without a lot of sarcasm, but I'll try my best. (National Post)

Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money-Making Machine
Mystery stories are generally concerned with who did what, when, and how. But in this one, about the way government officials have for years covered up apparent waste, fraud, and abuse in the San Francisco Park Patrol, much of the who, what, and when is clear; the question is why. (SF Weekly)

Greece to outline more austerity to secure loan
ATHENS, Sept 21 - The Greek cabinet was expected to outline major public sector layoffs, more spending cuts and tax increases on Wednesday to secure a bailout instalment crucial to avoid running out of money next month. (Reuters)

Schneider: Mich. state workers could be due for hefty refund
There's more than $62 million in the pot, and, judging from my email box, state employees are beginning to wonder when they'll get it back. (Lansing State Journal)

New Mexico state personnel board votes to layoff 27 state workers
A total of 27 state workers will soon be told they are out of a job. The state personnel board voted Tuesday on the lay-offs: 11 from tourism and 16 from the state fair. (KOB)

SC leader calls retirement system a ticking time bomb
COLUMBIA, SC - For years, South Carolina's retirement program has been described as a ticking time bomb and a high-ranking state financial official says it's time to defuse it. (WACH)

After Two Big Defeats, Firefighters Union on Defense
The warnings last fall sounded dire. If San Diegans didn't pay more taxes, firefighters would be laid off, emergency responses would slow and city residents' safety would be at risk. (Voice of San Diego)

Child-care union drive fires up the Capitol
A drive to unionize thousands of in-home child-care workers in Minnesota is intensifying into a full-scale political battle between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders at the Capitol. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Editorial: 'Hold the line'
Nevada politicians and labor leaders may want to pay special heed to a new survey by a Democratic pollster which found that voters across a number of states overwhelmingly embrace reforming public-sector salaries and benefits. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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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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