The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 22, 2011
The State Worker's Top 10 of 2011: No. 10 -- John Chiang's new payroll website

This is the first in a series of posts counting down the most-read State Worker blog items and columns of 2011.

Thumbnail image for countdown 10.JPGWhat a difference an administration makes. With the departure of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the constant furlough news that flowed from his administration simply dried up. Enter Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, and the 2011 news spotlight shifted to state worker pay and pensions. Of the 900 items posted on The State Worker blog this year, nine of the 10 most-viewed involved one or both of those issues.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 110617 Chiang at Capitol Bureau 2010 Amezcua.JPGWhich leads us to the 10th-most read State Worker item: last summer's news that Democrat Controller John Chiang launched a website that details the pay, pension benefits and other compensation data for about 1 millon California state and local employees.

July 5 Controller publishes state government and CSU payroll figures

PHOTO: Controller John Chiang during a 2010 interview at The Bee's Capitol Bureau / Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee

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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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