The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 20, 2011
A.M. Reading: RI charity suffers for pension change support; CA parks director under siege; OR and smoking, guns

Rhode Island Charities Paying For Supporting Pension Reform (ABC 6)

California's state park managers ask Jerry Brown to replace parks director
The managers who operate California's state parks say they have lost faith in their leader, and are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a replacement. (Sacramento Bee)

Kasich discovers perks and perils of state plane travel
For many governors, the convenience of having a state plane at their disposal outweighs the political risk of looking a little extravagant to their voters. That seems to be the case for Ohio's John Kasich, who, as a candidate, criticized his predecessor for overusing state planes. The Columbus Dispatch reviewed Kasich's travel on public aircraft through this past August, in his first eight months in office, and found that Kasich racked up double the expenses for flying on state planes that his predecessor had during all of 2010. (

More than 60% of best-compensated Oregon PERS beneficiaries in higher education
Two-thirds of the top 100 best-compensated PERS beneficiaries hail from either the Oregon University System or Oregon Health & Science University, according to data recently released by PERS. The top 100 represent retirees receiving $150,000 or more in annual pension benefits. (The Statesman Journal)

Governor sets up panel to examine pension system
Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday he will convene a panel to examine the state's troubled pension system and suggest changes to prevent abuses such as those highlighted in a series of Tribune/WGN-TV stories. (Chicago Tribune)

Insurer's questions irk state workers
SALEM -- Some state workers are bristling at two sets of questions asked by a health care provider that could affect the rate they pay. The questions center on tobacco use and firearms. (AP / The Register-Guard)

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About The State Worker

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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