The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 14, 2013
The Roundup: MI pension fight; NY goes for Microsoft; highway to memorialize fallen CHP officer

HA_newspapers3808.JPGAppeals court: Michigan law requiring state employees to pay 4% to pension plan violates constitution
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that the key element of a law requiring state employees to pay 4% of their income in order to remain in the state's defined benefit pension plan is unconstitutional. - Lansing State Journal

Microsoft signs up New York state's 120,000 government workers for Office 365
Microsoft has been signing up more and more large businesses and governments to use their Office 365 productivity software service, including the cities of Chicago, Seattle and Kansas City and the state of Texas. Today, Microsoft announced one of their biggest Office 365 government contracts yet, this time with the state of New York. -

Highway 1 To Be Dedicated to Fallen Officer On Wednesday
Almost eight decades after California Highway Patrol officer Albert Donald Hoover was killed while on patrol, Highway 1 will be dedicated to the fallen officer. - Santa Cruz Patch

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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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