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October 15, 2012
The Roundup: Cellphone smuggling; the Koch brothers; CalPERS versus Rupert Murdoch

The Roundup: Cellphone smuggling; the Koch brothers; CalPERS versus Rupert Murdoch;

Storified by Jon Ortiz · Sun, Oct 14 2012 19:18:02

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Phone smuggling case costs 20 California prison workers their jobsTwenty California prison employees suspected of smuggling cellphones to inmates have resigned or were fired in recent months, according t...
The Kochs' quest to save America - The Sacramento BeeThe Koch brothers' political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked prot...
Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown to start 'full-on' tax campaign Tuesday - sacbee.comOAKLAND - Gov. Jerry Brown, who has done little public campaigning for his Nov. 6 ballot initiative to raise taxes, said tonight that he ...
Capitol Alert: Molly Munger believed brother wasn't spending against Brown - sacbee.comWhat You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and...
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Other California stories of interest to state workers ...
Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown to start 'full-on' tax campaign Tuesday - sacbee.comOAKLAND - Gov. Jerry Brown, who has done little public campaigning for his Nov. 6 ballot initiative to raise taxes, said tonight that he ...
California's retiring state workers cash in vacation for big bucks - Pasadena Star-NewsThey could leave their hearts in San Francisco - or any of the Golden State's other big vacation spots - but thousands of California's st...
Jobs and labor ...
Pension Reform: Consolidation Is Not the AnswerPennsylvania's pension funding problem didn't happen overnight, and you can't fix it overnight. Recently, there's been a lot of buzz abou...
Oklahoma prison workers need pay increase, legislative panel toldThe lack of prison staffing puts public safety at risk, said Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, who requested an interim study on the issue. ...
Northwest Herald | Illinois' child welfare agency cancels layoffsSPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services canceled plans to lay off 375 employees after state lawmakers signa...
Reports on pensions and health care ...
US pension funds oppose Murdoch re-electionThe two largest public pension funds in the US have voted to oust Rupert Murdoch as chairman of News Corporation ahead of the company's a...
COLUMBIA, S.C.: SC lawmakers struggle to afford health insurance for retirees | News | Rock Hill Herald OnlineState lawmakers think they have figured out how to pay state workers' retirement checks. Now, comes the hard part: How do you pay for sta...
Oregon wellness program differs from other statesOregon state workers might not love paying on their health insurance premiums, which started this year, but it might be of some comfort t...
Stories of state employees who abused their positions of trust ...
Those Who Knew Dookhan 'Shocked' By State Drug Lab ScandalBOSTON (AP) - As a girl and young woman, Annie Dookhan was quiet, unassuming, not one to wear makeup. She was charming but stood out more...
Misuse of Minnesota drivers' records is relatively commonPolice and other public employees in Minnesota have routinely abused their access to the massive state drivers' license database, looking...
In local government pension news ...
Mohave Daily News > News > Local > Needles employees urging city to negotiateNews West NEEDLES - Labor negotiations between the city of Needles and its classified employees, members of the San Bernardino Public Emp...
South Bay cities owe millions in accrued employee benefits - The Daily BreezeFormer top city administrators across the South Bay have walked away from city hall with tens of thousands of dollars in public funds for...

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