The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 2, 2013
The Roundup: Stockton's bankruptcy proposal includes taxes; CA inmate abuse alledged; federal shutdown affects NC state workers

HA_newspapers3808.JPGStockton city manager: 'We need new taxes'
STOCKTON - Officials in this struggling city made the case Tuesday for their plan to exit bankruptcy, saying the brunt of the burden will be shouldered by taxpayers and municipal employees and retirees. - The Sacramento Bee

Dramatic videos open latest salvo in California prison battle
Claiming that California prisons use force against mentally ill prisoners too often and overzealously, attorneys for inmates opened their latest attack on the system Tuesday in federal court by playing two graphic videos of inmates in their cells being pepper-sprayed, then rushed by a team of guards who forcibly subdued them. - The Sacramento Bee

State workers in North Carolina feel effect of federal shutdown
RALEIGH -- The federal government shutdown caused the furlough of hundreds of state government workers whose jobs are fully or partially federally funded Tuesday, and state officials said several thousand more jobs could be be affected. - Charlotte Observer

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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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