The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 27, 2012
AM Reading: Democrats don't want budget cuts; OR pension check error, MA state payroll goes online

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifCalifornia legislative Democrats balk at Jerry Brown's budget cuts
In a show of good faith one year ago, legislative Democrats slashed Medi-Cal, cut universities and reduced welfare grants to slice the state deficit 13 weeks before the constitutional deadline. But this year Democrats are refusing to go along with Gov. Jerry Brown's most controversial reductions, spurning his demand to have cuts in place by March. (Sacramento Bee)

CA: AM Alert: Shack up with a student, lose your pension
Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto will introduce her own pension legislation today with a bill aimed at cracking down on student-teacher relationships. Assembly Bill 1861 would eliminate pension and retiree benefits for teachers who have an inappropriate relationship with a student at the same school - even if the student is an adult. (Sacramento Bee)

Op-ed: Sam Blakeslee: Republicans back Jerry Brown's pension reforms; where are the Democrats?
There is a saying in the sales industry, "When you get a 'yes,' stop talking and take the order." Democrats in the state Legislature would do well to follow that axiom. (Mercury News)

US: States From Ohio to Florida Weigh Running Company Funds
Six U.S. states, led by Massachusetts and California, are taking steps to put public pension overseers in charge of retirement savings plans offered to nongovernment workers, according to an advocate of the idea. (Bloomberg)

CA: Fresca Deli calls it quits
Fresca Deli, located in the CalPERS building at 400 Q St., closed its doors earlier this month. (Sacramento Press)

CA: Healdsburg fears growing public pension problem
Healdsburg officials struggling with the difficulty of reining in public pension costs fear the magnitude of the problem will grow unless a solution is found soon. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

WV Supreme Court rules on public employee resignation case
A public employee can rescind a resignation before an effective date as long as the employer has not yet accepted it, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled March 22. (The State Journal)

Oregon Public Employee See Pension Reduction
More than 20,000 retired Oregon public employees will see a reduction in their monthly checks after being overpaid. (KDRV Newswatch 12)

WV, veterans battle over public pension credits
From West Virginia's last living Medal of Honor recipient to the former military chief of its National Guard, veterans are calling for a more fair and consistent process for boosting the pensions of state employees who have served in the armed forces. (AP / The State Journal)

Massachusetts State Payroll Database: What did state employees earn last year?
Want to see how Massachusetts doled out more $5.38 billion to state workers in 2011? (

NH: Bill has workers paying state
State employees who drive state cars to and from work may have to begin reimbursing the state for their commuting miles. (Concord Monitor)

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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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