The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 24, 2011
A.M. Reading: Legislative pensions; layoffs don't always save; Ore. labor contracts' costs underestimated

How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can't
Click here for a chart of legislative pensions compared with those provided to state employees. California lawmakers elected after 1990 do not receive pensions. (USA Today)

UC Davis vet apologizes for locking her dog in hot car
The controversy isn't about who let the dog out but who locked it in a hot car at the Arden Fair mall - a UC Davis veterinarian. (Sacramento Bee)

Update: RI Senate GOP caucus to 'decline' 1.6 percent raise
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- All eight members of the state Senate Republican caucus announced Thursday that they "would be declining the 1.6 percent raise'' in their legislative salaries. (Providence Journal)

Woman interviewed for state job days after it was given to Archer
Madison - Three days after Cindy Archer was to have started her job as the legislative liaison at the state Department of Children and Families - and while she was already being paid sick leave for it - the agency interviewed someone else for the same job. Department officials did not fully explain why they interviewed another person to be the legislative liaison. They did not respond to a question asking if they expected Archer to stay in the job for long. Documents released under the state's open records law Friday also show the office of Gov. Scott Walker - and not the Department of Children and Families - offered Archer the job at up to 65% more than what the last person to hold the position made. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Haley targets legislators' special deal
Gov. Nikki Haley and some lawmakers said Friday that they will move to cut the richness of a special pension fund for legislators. Meanwhile, state workers and retirees, bracing for cuts to their state pensions and benefits, said they were upset that lawmakers are enjoying such sweet deals. (The State)

Layoffs not always a savings
Government -- like everyone these days -- needs to tighten its belt. But layoffs aren't the only way to save, especially when every job lost is one more person who will struggle to pay a mortgage or put a child through college. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Labor contracts cost more than expected
Recently settled labor contracts will cost Oregon about $42 million more than expected, according to the state Department of Administrative Services. (Statesman Journal)

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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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