The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 22, 2011
A.M. Reading: CA state workers' tax hike; RI pension 'math'; MD revolving door

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifThe State Worker: California employees will pay higher payroll tax on next check
Here's one more thing to blame on Congress. Although the battle over extending a Social Security payroll tax reduction continues in Washington, D.C., the matter has already been settled for California state workers: They'll have more money withheld from their checks next month, no matter what. (Sacramento Bee)

2 former state workers to face endangerment charges in death of woman in Fall River pool
BOSTON -- Two former state workers will be charged in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found two days after she drowned in a murky Massachusetts swimming pool, a prosecutor announced Wednesday. (Washington Post)

RI's Treasurer: Focus On the Math, Not the Politics
While politics on the national scene are a continual show of gridlock, politics, and fingerpointing as the economy struggles, the state of Rhode Island managed to cut its pension liabilities and save taxpayers $4 billion. (CNBC)

Raises slated for state employees
Most state employees will get a pay increase in 2012. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Wednesday that state workers will see a bump in their pay beginning in February, with the amount determined by their most recent job performance review. (Indianapolis Star)

Brown makes two appointments
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a longtime state manager to direct the California Employment Development Department, which oversees unemployment and disability benefits, he announced Wednesday. (Sacramento Bee)

Pension changes to affect S.C. lawmakers
If state lawmakers want to retire, they would have to give up their seat in the Legislature, according to a proposal moving through the state House of Representatives. (The State)

Fired State Workers Rehired Against The Rules
Maryland state government rehired dozens of workers who had been fired for serious violations at state agencies. (WBAL)

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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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