The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 3, 2013
The Roundup: Texas money helps CA pension reformers; federal shutdown affects MN state workers; OR reduces retiree COLA

The State Worker: Pension reformers retooling with help from Texas
With the first deadline looming for a new public-pension proposal to make the November 2014 ballot, a Texas nonprofit has emerged in a behind-the-scenes battle poised to break into public view next year. - The Sacramento Bee

Special session is successful despite its difficulties
In just three days, the Oregon Legislature cut retirements for public employees, raised taxes on the wealthy, cut taxes for small businesses, dedicated a cigarette tax to mental health services and passed a bill regulating agricultural seeds. - The Statesman Journal

Caltrans entirely rebuilds I-80 from Auburn to Nevada state line
A half-dozen years ago, then-Caltrans Director Will Kempton says he was so embarrassed by the cracks and ruts while driving Interstate 80 that he wanted to pull over and cover the Caltrans logo on his car. Wednesday, Kempton, now head of a coalition of companies that worked on the road, joined government officials at the Donner Summit rest area to celebrate what they call the biggest freeway renovation project in California in years. - The Sacramento Bee

3,000 state workers at risk of furlough in shutdown
MINNEAPOLIS - The governor's office said Wednesday that up to 3,000 state workers are at risk of being furloughed during a prolonged government shutdown. - KARE 11

Walker: Self-insured health plan for state workers needs more study
MADISON -- More time is needed to study options about whether it makes sense to shift state employees from health maintenance organizations to a state self-insured program, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday. - Associated Press/Green Bay Press Gazette

Nebraska state employees in charge at the federal Meat Animal Research Center - KHAS-TV

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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