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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 1, 2013
The Roundup: Federal shut down impacts; pensions 'looted'

HA_newspapers3808.JPGShutdown would hurt Sacramento's recovery but not kill it
Sacramento's wobbly economic recovery wouldn't be crushed by a shutdown of the federal government, but the region would surely feel the pain of employee layoffs and the likely jolt to consumer confidence. The heaviest burden would likely fall on hundreds if not thousands of federal employees in greater Sacramento facing the prospect of not collecting a paycheck. - The Sacramento Bee

State workers in North Carolina may feel effect of federal shutdown
RALEIGH -- The federal government shut down could effect as many as 6,000 state government workers whose jobs are fully or partially federally funded, North Carolina officials said Tuesday. - The News & Observer

State governments shut down, too
It may be the first time in 17 years for the federal government, but states are no strangers to government shutdowns.. - Washington Post

Looting the Pension Funds
In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs, the state of Rhode Island took bold action to avert what it called its own looming pension crisis. - Rolling Stone

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