The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 8, 2012
AM Reading: San Jose's pension politics; CalPERS investment assumptions; IL state worker health insurance mess

Calif. city seeks to escape soaring pension costs (CBS News)

State lawmakers order San Jose pension audit
The state will audit San Jose's finances amid employee unions' accusations that city officials overstated the cost of the pension system to build support for a June ballot measure reducing retirement benefits. (Mercury News)

CalPERS urged to cut its annual profit forecast
CalPERS is considering making a significant cut in its investment forecast next week, which would likely force the state and local governments to increase their annual contributions to the big pension funds. (Sacramento Bee)

The State Worker: Messy rollout continues for CalPERS computer system
Well, here's another CalPERS computer gaffe story. (Sacramento Bee)

Antioch, police union reach tentative deal on new contract
Antioch and its police officers union have reached a tentative agreement that would extend its existing contract into 2016 and could save the city up to $2.5 million in salary and retirement benefits. (Contra Costa Times)

California judges fight online posting of their financial statements
An association that represents California judges is lobbying to keep annual financial disclosure statements filed by the judiciary off the Internet. (Sacramento Bee)

IL: State health contracts had flaws, auditor says
The state awarded $7 billion in health-care contracts for state employees and retirees despite several flaws, including lax oversight and possible conflicts of interest, the state's top auditor concluded Wednesday. (Chicago Sun-Times)

R.I. Treasurer Raimondo launches retirement workshop for state employees
The first of a series of workshops called by General Treasurer Gina Raimondo to acquaint state workers about changes in the state pension drew a largely polite crowd of 150 state employees looking for more detail on how the new rules will affect them personally. (Providence Journal)

AL: Bentley wants state pension changes
Gov. Robert Bentley an­nounced a plan Wednesday to overhaul Alabama's pension sys­ tem for state employees, teach­ers and other public employees who are covered by the state re­tirement system. (Montgomery Advertiser)

Billion-Dollar Florida Pension Battle Shows Challenge of Cutting Benefits
A court order forcing Florida to forego $1 billion it planned to take from state workers to shore up its budget is the latest sign of how difficult it can be to reduce government-backed retirement benefits. (Bloomberg)

LA: State workers can address the Legislature about pending bills
State Civil Service officials said Wednesday they are getting a large number of calls and inquiries from classified state workers concerning their right to express themselves on legislation that may affect them at the lawmaking session that opens Monday. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Md. bill would expand collective bargaining options to state workers in 4 agencies
A state Senate panel will hear testimony on a bill to expand collective bargaining rights to certain state employees. (Washington Post)

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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