California's civil service payroll stayed flat in 2012 as pay raises were offset by staff cuts and a decline in overtime, according to a Bee review of new data from the state Controller's Office.
California state workers - excluding university employees - earned about $15.37 billion last year, compared to $15.38 billion in 2011.
The state's largest department, Corrections and Rehabilitation, saw payroll decline from about $4.8 billion to $4.6 billion as realignment lowered the number of inmates in state prison.
The Governor's Office payroll declined by about $600,000, or 7 percent, from 2011 to 2012.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection saw one of the largest increases in payroll - roughly $60 million. A dry winter last year created ripe conditions for wildfires.
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- Phillip Reese
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee gave several new audits the green light this week, including examinations of state tracking of information on mentally ill people and guns; veterans employment programs; the Salton Sea Restoration Fund; and accounts outside the state treasury. That last request was spurred by revelations that the parks department and Cal Fire had secret pots of money.
- Jeremy B. White
"The most important trait I want to see in a candidate is one they seldom want to show, and may not possess, and that is humility."
former California Republican Party chairman, in remarks Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.