The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 30, 2011
A.M. Reading: Jerry Brown's budget win; Texas paychecks; NY pensions

California Supreme Court hands Gov. Brown a win on redevelopment
California redevelopment agencies lost their battle for survival Thursday after the state Supreme Court ruled lawmakers legally eliminated the local offices that subsidize construction in blighted areas, such as Sacramento's downtown railyard and K Street corridor. (Sacramento Bee)

State, UT employees to see smaller paychecks in January due to delayed deal in Congress
Thousands of state workers and University of Texas employees will see slightly smaller paychecks next month because Congress took so long to extend the 2 percent payroll tax cut. (Austin American-Statesman)

Arraignment set for 2 fmr. pool workers
FALL RIVER, MASS. - An arraignment date has been set for two former Massachusetts state workers charged in the death of a woman in a local pool. (WPRI)

Op-ed: Cuomo's challenge
Gov. Cuomo recently said public-pension reform would be his top goal for 2012 -- and then backtracked. But ignoring this crisis for another year simply isn't an option; it won't go away. (New York Post)

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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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