The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 15, 2011
A.M. Reading: CalPERS computer system; Mich. workers get refund; Miss. could freeze retiree COLAs

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifThe State Worker: CalPERS computer troubles linger
CalPERS just put another few million bucks into a new half-billion-dollar computer hardware and software system that launched late, went way over budget - and still isn't quite right. (Sacramento Bee)

More student unrest likely, California college officials tell legislative panel
One month after the pepper-spraying of student protesters at the University of California, Davis, officials are struggling with how to move forward, even as they prepare for the possibility of new protests and building takeovers when students return next month. (Sacramento Bee)

Fearing Reform, Teachers Retire Early
... Sally Schuler is retiring after 32 years of teaching in Olmsted Falls southwest of Cleveland. "I didn't want to do it but I did." Schuler says that--because of proposed changes to the teacher pension system, it makes no financial sense for her to keep working. (

Oregon agencies brace for changes amid hiring freeze
Oregon government has endured furloughs and layoffs, but public employees are pondering the implications of another budget ax: a hiring freeze. (Statesman Journal)

State workers to get back 3% taken from pay
The Michigan Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear the Snyder administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that said requiring state employees to put 3% of their paychecks toward retiree health care is unconstitutional. (Detroit Free Press)

SC legislators give initial OK to pension reform
Public employees in South Carolina would have to work 30 years and be at least 62 years old to draw full retirement benefits under a proposal given initial approval Monday by a state House panel. (AP / Bloomberg Businessweek)

Utah's Lawmakers May Move to Annual Pay, Jettison Per Diem
Utah's 104 part-time legislators shouldn't get a direct pay raise next year, but their per-day salary should be combined with their current per diem to better reflect the compensation they are getting each year. So says the volunteer citizen group, the Legislative Compensation Commission, whose recommendations automatically become law unless the Legislature rejects them. (

Judge hears case on state employee pay data
HELENA - The state of Montana has no legal obligation to provide salary data for 14,000 state employees in an electronic format for a Bozeman-based think tank, a state attorney said in District Court Wednesday. (The Missoulian)

Study proposes 3-year freeze on retirees' COLA
JACKSON -- A commission is recommending a three-year freeze on the 3 percent cost-of-living adjustments paid to Mississippi government retirees. (AP / The Sun-Herald)

Bill affecting Mich. state workers heads to Snyder
A bill that supporters say would save money on retiree benefit costs related to Michigan state government employees gained final legislative approval Tuesday and is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Malloy Says He Has Seen No Evidence Of State Workers Falsifying Other Workers' Forms
HARTFORD -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declined to place any blame Wednesday on his administration in the food stamp fraud controversy, despite complaints that state workers falsified financial forms for other state workers. Two state employees have told The Courant that they wrote down the correct amounts on their applications but that a Department of Social Services worker, realizing the numbers would not qualify for benefits, and as an apparent favor and without prompting, changed the numbers so the applicants would qualify. (Hartford Courant)

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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


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