The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 6, 2011
Readers react to Sunday state layoff story

Thumbnail image for 110906 email.JPGWe've received an unusually heavy number of calls and e-mails reacting to our Sunday story on state employee layoffs.

We're still triaging the e-mails, but here are snippets from a few that represent the range of response to the story:

Notices of pending layoffs?
This notice is just another expense adding to the slow moving political structure that controls this state. The idea that state workers can look for other jobs within the state will have an adverse effect in their existing job performance and wastes tax dollars. They will obviously use the state computers and the states time to search for another position while on state payrolls. Also, where is the incentive for them to work hard at their present position? Anyone who deals with state knows the system is broken with "kicking the can down the road" employees.

No one ever questions why the Highway Patrol never has a lay off like all city and county cops. Time for them to take a hit, too.

Now you should publish a list of all the appointees that Governor Brown has hired at $100k plus. I count over 100 since he was elected! Here's the Governor's website on his appointments from month to month. Many of his appointees are making in excess of $150k a year!

It seems a bit hypocritical to be laying off workers who make $40k a year for budget reasons, while hiring hundreds of his friends and giving them $100k plus salaries.

I guess you can tell your article touched a nerve in me. The process for layoffs should be as they are in the private sector, short, direct and over in one day.
3,300 people off the state payroll...that number should be more like 32,000.


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