The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 19, 2013
The Roundup: CalPERS diversifies health insurance options; scapegoating pensions; FL public-employee pay politics


Blue Shield loses quasi-monopoly on CalPERS health insurance
In a bid to curb health care inflation, CalPERS is splitting up its multibillion-dollar HMO contract among five different companies. - The Sacramento Bee

Don't blame worker pensions on government financial failures: Editorial
Perhaps the most telling number in a recently released national survey about retirement is the one that describes how many Americans believe their elected officials in Washington, D.C. simply don't understand how difficult it is to save for the golden years. Eighty-seven percent. So it's no wonder Californians don't believe politicians in this state who continue to use the public employee pension system as a scapegoat for governments' financial woes.- Long Beach Press-Telegram

Lawmakers playing favorites when considering raises for state workers and teachers
TALLAHASSEE -- The past five years haven't been easy for state government workers and teachers.- Tampa Bay Times

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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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