The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 6, 2012
Live chat at noon: Jerry Brown's budget proposal

We're hosting a live chat today on the State Worker blog to talk primarily about Jerry Brown's budget proposal and what it means for government employees. Is it fair to them? Are his suggestions to streamline government reasonable? Heavy-handed? Pie-in-the-sky? And how are the cuts in the current budget working out? What's happening at the bureaucracy's ground-level?

We can talk the discussion in other directions, too. Pensions, pay, benefits -- it's all fair game.

Join the live chat here at noon. Look forward to seeing you.

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About The State Worker

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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