The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 12, 2012
A.M. Reading: CA tech struggle; a pension resolution; FL prison closures

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifThe State Worker: Calfornia government struggles with more tech problems
California's biggest IT project - one that's supposed to help state government better manage its dollars - has money and staffing problems. (Sacramento Bee)

Fired Caltrans manager denies wrongdoing, will seek reinstatement
Brian Liebich, the fired manager of the state Department of Transportation unit that tested the foundation of the new Bay Bridge, has denied any wrongdoing and says he has been made a scapegoat. (Sacramento Bee)

S&P, Moody's Must Face Calpers Lawsuit Over Ratings, Judge Rules
Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service Inc. must face California Public Employees' Retirement System's $1 billion lawsuit over their ratings of structured investment vehicles, a judge said. (Bloomberg)

Opinion: A resolution for 2012: Fixing California's public pension problems
As many Californians fill up gyms, bike trails and jogging paths to act on their New Year's resolutions to improve their personal health and fitness, this year California voters will fill voting booths to kick the $240 billion pension debt habit that is overwhelming our budgets and damaging our fiscal health. (Capitol Weekly)

Warrants: NC State worker tipped off Butterball before raid
Shortly before an area Butterball turkey farm was raided by local authorities, the company was tipped off about the investigation, NBC-17 has learned. (NBC 17)

Sacramento looks to cut its payment for employee pensions
Sacramento City Manager John Shirey has issued a warning to city employees: more than 100 could lose their jobs unless they start contributing more to their pensions. (Sacramento Bee)

Assembly records don't declare winner in Anthony Portantino's budget fight
Newly released Assembly records provide no smoking gun for Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's accusation that his office funds were slashed last summer as punishment for casting the lone Democratic vote against the state budget. (Sacramento Bee)

PERSI has had 'two good years of returns'
The Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, PERSI, "has experienced two good years of returns and we're cautiously optimistic about the future," PERSI executive director Don Drum told legislative budget writers this morning. (The Spokesman-Review)

State plans to close seven prisons by July 1
Directed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to save $64 million in operating costs, the state Department of Corrections on Thursday will announce plans to close down seven prisons, including all-women prisons in Hillsborough and Broward counties. (Miami Herald)

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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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