The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 10, 2013
The Roundup: State economies still struggling; MD gun-registration deluge sparks controversial staffing policy

HA_newspapers3808.JPGFive Years After Crash, States Still Picking Up Pieces
Five years after the 2008 financial crisis sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, only a handful of states are charging full steam ahead. Four states' economies are the shakiest and one of them, Delaware, is in danger of slipping back into recession. - Stateline

State workers, retirees object to single plan, higher-out-of pocket costs for state health insurance
ATLANTA -- Private-sector employees affected by Obamacare won't be the only ones seeing changes in their health insurance on Jan. 1. The half-million state workers, retirees, teachers and school workers will also see their coverage revised when 2014 begins. - Florida Times-Union

Metro State University says summer staff shortchanged
The Metropolitan State University system in the Twin Cities has shortchanged many of its employees' paychecks this summer, prompting a call for an outside audit. Heavy turnover in the school's human resources division contributed to a series of payroll problems, including overlooked promotions and career step increases, administrators said. - Pioneer Press

Maryland's 'all hands on deck' firearms application review under fire
Facing a deluge of gun ownership applications, state employees from multiple agencies were called in to process paperwork over the weekend -- to the dismay of gun-rights activists. - Capital Gazette

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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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