The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 17, 2012
A.M. Reading: Jerry Brown's tax measure typo; AL worker has 286 parking tickets; Bloomberg's pension reform strategy

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifJerry Brown commits typo, forced to re-file tax initiative
Gov. Jerry Brown is taking a mulligan, tripped up by a typographical error and forced to re-file his ballot initiative to raise taxes. The Democratic governor on Friday filed paperwork with the state for "The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012- ver. 2." The measure is identical to one Brown filed in December, the governor said in a filing with the attorney general's office, "except that we have corrected a typographical error that resulted in two numbers being transposed." (Sacramento Bee)

Colorado governor calls for privatization of state workers comp insurer Pinnacol
DENVER--Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called for the privatization of Pinnacol Assurance during his State of the State address Thursday, saying the proposed move could support state businesses and schools. Denver-based Pinnacol submitted a proposal to the state in November that would restructure Colorado's workers compensation insurer of last resort into a mutual insurer. The company currently is classified as a state "political subdivision." (Business Insurance)

FPPC sues United States Postal Service over records request
The state political watchdog agency has delivered a lawsuit to the United States Postal Service in an ongoing dispute over public records. (Sacramento Bee)

State: IL Republicans call for wage freeze for state workers
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn's administration should push for a wage freeze in upcoming state employee labor negotiations, House Minority Leader Tom Cross said Thursday. (The Daily Journal)

State workers among biggest parking violators
Felandria Ware says there's no big mystery to how she accumulated 286 parking tickets in downtown Montgomery the past two years. (Montgomery Advertiser)

Editorial: Legislators need to look at their benefits
There's another issue that needs to be on the Iowa Legislature's "To do" list for 2012: cleaning up inequities in lawmakers' pay and benefits. The Legislature needs to engage in comprehensive self-reform to provide for proper taxation of members' compensation, to provide fairness to the taxpayers and to ensure transparency. (Des Moines Register)

Wisconsin Gov. Walker opponents to submit recall petitions
Supporters of an unprecedented effort to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office said they will turn in more than enough signatures Tuesday to force the Republican into a recall election barely a year into his first term. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Pension reform still on Bloomberg's agenda; he may let Albany lead the push for changes
In recent years, Mayor Bloomberg has used his State of the City speech to hammer home the need for pension reform. He did mention pensions during his speech last Thursday. But it was essentially lost in Bloomberg's larger, controversial message about teacher evaluations. That doesn't mean he has given up on the issue. He may allow Gov. Cuomo, who has had success pushing his agenda in Albany, take the lead. (New York Daily News)

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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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