The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 30, 2013
The Roundup: California state retirees; department's errors cost $100 million; funding CalSTRS

The State Worker: California employee retirements are rising
California will likely bid farewell to more than 10,000 state employees by the end of this year as a range of factors - from age to the economy to politics - prods them to retire. - The Sacramento Bee

California agency failed to collect $100 million for cleanup of contaminated sites
A California agency spent $100 million in public funds over the past 26 years to clean contaminated property for which polluters were liable but never were sent a bill, officials said Wednesday. - The Sacramento Bee

Viewpoints: Unexpected state revenue should go to teacher pensions
In the May revision to his 2013-14 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown announced an increase in state revenue, largely as a result of rising stock and real estate prices. Appropriately, the governor has counseled spending restraint because the state still hasn't addressed core budget issues and inevitably will face more shortfalls when markets revert to the mean. But there is a uniquely good spot for that revenue. - The Sacramento Bee

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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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