The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 15, 2013
The Roundup: Bay Bridge questions; NC could curtail civil service protections


Senate panel questions Caltrans about Bay Bridge broken bolts, broken trust
Frustrated state senators pressed California Department of Transportation officials at a Tuesday hearing about how they will deal with thousands of suspect steel parts in the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge which were installed even though they had not met specifications.- Sacramento Bee

Civil protections curtailed for state workers under McCrory bill
RALEIGH -- The legislature is poised to curtail civil service protections for state employees, giving preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill pushed by Gov. Pat McCrory.- Raleigh News & Observer

New state budget: Where's the heart and humanity?
Try looking for some trace of heart and humanity in the $7.2 billion state budget for fiscal 2014 approved by the House and awaiting Senate action. Still searching? So too are many others. The budget is big on bricks and mortar and meager for people, those state employees who keep the government running. - Tulsa World

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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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