The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 22, 2013
The Roundup: CA state worker's lawsuit; KY lawmaker accused of sexual harrassment;

HA_newspapers3808.JPGThe State Worker: Lawyer sues over her furlough losses
State attorney Kelly Vent admits her lawsuit is a long shot, a kitchen-sink argument that says furloughing her for 82 days over the last four years violated everything from the U.S. Constitution to common sense. - The Sacramento Bee

Penn State health coverage switching from carrot to stick
Like most big employers across the country, Pennsylvania State University has spent several million dollars over the last decade on voluntary wellness programs, hoping to cut health costs and improve workers' health. - Philadelphia Inquirer

Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual harassment by two state workers
Two female aides to House Democratic leaders have filed ethics complaints accusing state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr., D-Sturgis, of sexual harassment, according to state Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville. - Lexington Herald-Leader

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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


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