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November 6, 2012
The Roundup: Caltrans worker's alleged killer: 'I did it'; FL axes prison health jobs; Canada considers pension downgrades

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The Roundup: Caltrans worker's alleged killer: 'I did it'; FL axes prison health jobs; Canada considers pension...

Storified by Jon Ortiz · Tue, Nov 06 2012 06:16:00

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Murder defendant: 'I did it. So what?'The showdown between a prosecutor and a defendant who takes the witness stand can make or break a trial. [...] on Monday, a man accused o...
Capitol Alert: California officials consider civil, criminal action in mystery donation case - sacbee.comCalifornia regulators and attorneys said today they are seriously weighing next steps - including criminal charges - against parties invo...
Forget Prop 32, Costa Mesa's Measure V is the real union fightLabor unions are spending upwards of $70 million to defeat California's Proposition 32. But they're spending more per voter to stop anoth...
Compton chips away at its CalPERS debt - The Sacramento BeeIn a case that highlights the debate over pension costs, Compton has sent CalPERS about $2.07 million after getting sued for nonpayment. ...

Click the link below to open PAGE 2 for news about Canada's public pension proposal, an opinion piece touting "managed competition" between public and private sectors for government work and today's big vote on Michigan's Proposition 2, which constitutionally guarantees certain collective bargaining to public and private employees.


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Storified by Jon Ortiz · Tue, Nov 06 2012 06:00:24

Pay, pensions and benefits news ...
State workers to get 2-month break from health insurance premiumsNebraska state workers will not have to pay health insurance premiums for the next two months because the state -- which is self-insured ...
Mo. state workers off on Black Friday as economy improvesGovernor Jay Nixon today signed an executive order to close state offices on Black Friday, Nov. 23, in part because state revenues have i...
State cuts prison health jobsAbout 1,900 state workers are getting letters that their jobs soon will end as the state Department of Corrections moves forward with pri...
Branstad Wants Further Review of State Workers SalariesBranstad Wants Further Review of State Workers Salaries Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 5:16 PM EST Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 5:...
Public vs. Private Employees: Who Wins in a Bidding War?We've grown weary of debates about privatization, especially those where commentators tell us that it is always good or that it is never ...
Here are two items about a Michigan ballot measure that would give constitutional job protections to public employees:
Michigan's Prop. 2 Is A Desperate Grab For Power By Government Unions - ForbesBy F. Vincent Vernuccio Facing a sea of angry taxpayers and a wave of reforming governors, government unions are becoming desperate. In M...
DEBATE: Should Michigan Pass The Proposal 2 Protect Our Jobs Amendment?This proposal would: Should this proposal be approved? Pre-debate poll: Tell us your opinion before the debate starts to set the starting...
New York Times pension reporter Mary Williams Walsh answers readers' questions about public pensions:
Questions Answered About Pension PlansQ. It seems that conservative politicians are bashing public pension systems in addition to their assaults on public workers. What implic...
Conservatives in Canada have proposed raising the retirement age for future government hires:
What's Buried in the Tories' Omnibus BillOn October 18, the Conservative government introduced C-45, an omnibus bill containing provisions to create a two-tier public sector work...
A constitutional amendment on Illinois ballot today would require a three-fifths majority vote of lawmakers to enhance public pension benefits:
Illinoisans to vote on state pension sweeteners | wthitv.comGround rules for posting comments: No profanity or personal attacks. Please keep comments focused on the subject of the story. Posts that...

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