The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 21, 2012
A.M. Reading: Whistle-blower bill; high-speed rail; OR pension privacy bill; WI 'recall cam'

Editorial: Assembly fumbles whistle-blower bill
Is it any wonder why Californians hold the Legislature in such low regard? (Sacramento Bee)

UCSF seeks to ease ties with UC

Unlike the other nine campuses of the University of California, UCSF enrolls no undergraduates, offers no world history classes and gets so much money from government grants that it barely depends on the tuition its students pay to attend the medical school on a windy San Francisco hill. Yet UCSF is attached like Velcro to the other campuses, required to spend millions of dollars to help support them and send officials to countless meetings where students protest rising tuition and regents debate educational policy. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Dan Morain: Brown buys a risky ticket on high-speed rail
You have to hand it to Jerry Brown. He's not shrinking from taking a big risk on high-speed rail. (Sacramento Bee)

Some State of MT workers getting raises, GOP concerned (KXLH)

Bill in Oregon legislation would shut door to state retiree information
The Oregon House Committee on Business and Labor Thursday moved a draft bill forward that would prohibit the state retirement system from releasing the names of individual retirees. (The Oregonian)

Minn. lawmakers float ending state worker payouts
Minnesota lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating payouts to retiring state workers for unused sick and vacation time. (Crookston Times)

Atascadero State Hospital patient arrested after psychiatrist is attacked
A psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital was attacked by a patient Tuesday, the hospital confirmed Wednesday evening. (The Tribune)

Illinois governor to close 2 state institutions
Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that he plans to close a Tinley Park mental hospital and a Jacksonville center for people with developmental disabilities as he ramps up efforts to move people out of state institutions and into group homes or other kinds of community care. (AP /

California's economic recovery gathers steam in December
The evidence keeps accumulating: California's economic recovery is gathering momentum. It's just nowhere near a boom yet. (Sacramento Bee)

Video Feed of Wisconsin Recall Count Draws Thousands
The daily work of government bureaucracy may not be as captivating to watch as Shiba Inu puppies or giant pandas sleeping. But the risk of boredom has not deterred tens of thousands from visiting a site broadcasting video from a webcam trained on a cinder-block office in Madison, Wis., where state workers are processing signatures calling for the recall of the governor. (New York Times)

Wisconsin 'RecallCam': Boring, Beautiful Or Both?
As our friend Micki Maynard at Changing Gears says, "forget live streams watching the giant panda in Edinburgh, or the weather in Chicago. The newest Internet plaything is the Wisconsin Web Cam." (NPR)

Judge: State must keep 1,248 troopers on force
A Superior Court judge has agreed with the state police union that the state must have at least 1,248 troopers on the payroll at all times. (Connecticut Post)

Health fee will be paid back to state workers
LANSING (AP) -- Nearly 50,000 state workers are getting refunds on the 3 percent they've been paying for a year toward retiree health care costs. (AP / Morning Sun)

Op-ed: Private sector has it wrong on state workers
For the past several years, public employees have been absorbing and taking the brunt of budget cuts as our policy makers balance the budget on the backs of these public servants. (The Gleaner)

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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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