The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 24, 2013
The Roundup: Thieves banned from MS state service; pension history; government workers protest in Spain

HA_newspapers3808.JPGNew state law invoked in cases of former state employees guilty of stealing
Two former state employees will no longer be eligible to work for the state in any capacity, a result of a new law that prohibits anyone guilty of stealing public funds to serve for any Mississippi agency. - The Clarion-Ledger

The Long, Sorry Tale of Pension Promises
Fifty years ago, the auto industry suffered a massive pension bust. The numbers back then were small, but pension failures are never about the numbers--they're about human frailty. People are tempted to promise more than they can deliver. Today, cities and states across the country are way behind on the promises they made to their employees. Several--including Detroit--are in bankruptcy. - The Wall Stree Journal

Spanish public workers continue to protest spending cuts - Press TV

State officials planning in case of federal shutdown
Virginia state officials are making contingency plans in the event that gridlock over spending in Washington forces a federal government shutdown. - Richmond Times-Dispatch

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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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