The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 8, 2013
The Roundup: CO lottery spending; NJ considers GPS for state cars; federal workers file for unemployment

HA_newspapers3808.JPGAudit: Colorado Lottery spending too much, including $400K on bonuses
A state audit released Monday criticized the Colorado Lottery for high prize payouts and administrative costs -- including nearly $400,000 of employee bonuses last year -- which siphoned away millions of dollars from public-school construction and parks, recreation and open space. - Denver Post

Editorial: Install GPS devices to track use of state-owned vehicles in N.J.
It's only human nature. When the boss is in the vicinity, keeping an eye on employees, workers pick up the pace, cleave to the corners that might otherwise be cut, and carefully carry out their tasks. And when the boss is away, employees may be more relaxed about the job, perhaps devoting some time to personal business. - The Times of Trenton

Maryland state workers busy -- processing federal workers' unemployment claims
Furloughed federal workers have filed more than 16,000 unemployment insurance applications -- more than four times the number typically received from that sector in a year. - PUBLICATION

Enron billionaire expands craven plot to abuse workers
A week after the simultaneous release of my Institute for America's Future report and Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone investigation into John Arnold, huge news hit California: The Enron billionaire whose former company wrecked the Golden State's economy appears to be using a shadowy Texas front group to now try to loot the Golden State's public pension system. As the Sacramento Bee reports ... - Salon

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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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