The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 15, 2011
Poll: Tired of criticism and cutbacks, state worker retiring early

After reading the recent Legislative Analyst's Office's review of Gov. Jerry Brown's public pension proposals, Energy Commission employee Ross Miller says he's glad to be leaving his state career soon.

Ross' brief, but descriptive, Nov. 10 email to The State Worker are his words alone, including a reference to Brown's prophesy that failing to put his tax plan before voters would lead to political and fiscal Armageddon . Ross isn't representing his employer or his colleagues:

The LAO report is certainly frank about the policy goal for future new hires. Their retirements will be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, a fitting outcome in a war of all against all. In this race to the bottom, the winning strategy is to pull up lame. I'm taking early retirement next month at what otherwise would have been the most productive part of my career. I'm not spiking my retirement or padding it with air time.

I am tired of feeding from the hand that bites me. And, I'm not at all regretting abandoning an ungrateful public.

Which leads us to our poll:

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