The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 30, 2011
A.M. Reading: Reviews of Jerry Brown's pension plan; military pensions; N.M. publishes state workers' pay

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifEditorial: Brown delivers on pension reform
Gov. Jerry Brown has delivered on his campaign promise to tackle pension reform. The plan he put forward last week is bold and comprehensive. It is also politically risky.

Daniel Borenstein: Jerry Brown's pension plan a good first step, but it's not enough
Gov. Jerry Brown's new pension reform plan signals he's serious about restoring fiscal sanity to public employee retirement systems, but it lacks crucial details and doesn't stop the transfer of hundreds of billions of dollars of debt to our children. (Mercury News)

Marin County public employees fed up with pay and pension critics
A number of veteran Marin County employees who work hard for their pay and pensions are sick and tired of being flayed by irate taxpayers who think public workers get too much for doing too little. Others at the Marin County Civic Center say they don't give critics and the politics of the moment much thought as they focus on getting their jobs done. They note pension cutbacks are in the works for new hires -- and that retirement is too far away to worry about in any case. (Marin Independent Journal)

Editorial: Military needs pension reform
It has long been accepted that generous military retirement pensions -- half pay after 20 years of service, beginning immediately upon retirement -- were an incentive needed to draw people into a way of life that was disruptive and potentially risky. So it was startling to read in the News Journal last week that only 12 percent of enlisted personnel stay in for at least 20 years to qualify for the pension. While it might work well for officers, the vast majority of enlistees, including many who serve in combat, leave with no pension of any kind. (Pensacola News Journal)

Saved from being tone deaf
... What is the guy thinking? Richard Iannuzzi is president of New York State United Teachers, a union and potent lobbying force in Albany. Maybe you didn't know his name until you read Scott Waldman's piece Friday in the Times Union, reporting that Iannuzzi got a big raise last year. NYSUT disputes the numbers we published, but IRS forms reveal that in the year ending Aug. 31, 2010, Ianuzzi's total compensation was $345,987, an 18 percent increase from the year before. (Albany Times Union)

Gov. orders posting of salaries of all NM workers
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. - Gov. Susana Martinez says she is ordering the state's official transparency website to list the names, titles and salaries of all state employees. (Associated Press / NewsWest 9)

Schapiro: McDonnell doing a job on state workers
Bob's for fewer jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell is catching up with the grim narrative of his legacy budget, conceding this past week it could include layoffs of state workers. He may have been stating the obvious, having issued his 2-4-6 order this month. Herman Cain-like in that it simplifies a complicated issue, the dictate requires agencies to submit by Monday plans for cutting spending 2 percent, 4 percent and 6 percent over the next two-year budget -- the only full budget that is entirely McDonnell's. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Ohioans report errors in treasurer salary database
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Visitors to the Ohio treasurer's new search engine for public worker salaries have complained the site is riddled with errors and omissions, leading the office to repair existing data and change the way it presents wage information. (Associated Press / Bloomberg Businessweek)

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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