The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 31, 2013
The Roundup: Audit blasts Caltrans; two views of CA; FL and MT eye raises for state workers

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State auditor: California's net worth at negative $127.2 billion
Were California's state government a business, it would be a candidate for insolvency with a negative net worth of $127.2 billion, according to an annual financial report issued by State Auditor Elaine Howle and the Bureau of State Audits.


California Beaming
But there is something irrational, indeed unpatriotic, in rooting for California to fail, as so many conservatives are now doing. Sure, they are upset that the Republican Party is dead in this state -- R.I.P. G.O.P. And, among the fringes, there are those who cannot accept that California is a minority-majority state, with whites making up about 39 percent of the population. They've seen the future and don't like it one bit.

Legislature urges state worker raises; first time in 6 years
The Florida Senate and House rolled out their respective budget proposals on Friday. Both budgets are slightly bigger than Gov. Rick Scott's spending plan, and both differ from Scott's in one respect: Lawmakers want to give across the board pay raises to all state workers, while Scott favors bonuses to workers.

State audit faults Caltrans lapses
In an investigation released Thursday, the Bureau of State Audits sharply criticized the California Department of Transportation for numerous lapses in managing a unit that tests foundations of bridges and other freeway structures to verify their soundness and safety.


Montana voters may decide future of state Pension Plan

SC state worker numbers continue to dwindle
State lawmakers have cut the state's work force by 15 percent over the past 13 years, a result of budget cuts and state agencies relying more on private companies to provide public services.

Montana House approves state employee raises, pension fixes
The House on Thursday approved and sent to the Senate a bill to raise state employees' pay and to fix the state's public pension funds.

State store workers fight to save 'family-sustaining' jobs
HARRISBURG -- It took Peter Madison five years of working part-time at liquor stores all over Northumberland County before he was able to land a full-time job in the system.

Gov. Brown spending about $1 on personal staff for every $2 spent by Schwarzenegger
Gov. Jerry Brown is doing his job with barely half the personal office staff of his predecessor.

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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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