California State Controller John Chiang has a plan to pay down future retiree medical expenses that will cost the state $71.8 billion, according to his latest estimate. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, expected out before Jan. 10, will include “a plan to address this unfunded liability – and sustain health benefits for retirees for the long term,” according to the Department of Finance.
The Roundup: More pay for Oregon government workers possible while Virginia has nearly 4,000 state employees with salaries below the poverty line for a family of four. And will Wisconsion Gov. Scott Walker take on private-sector unions?
The trial to determine whether the state unlawfully broke a multi-billion-dollar sales agreement with an investment firm starts this week. At issue: Whether Gov. Jerry Brown had the authority to terminate the selling of nearly a dozen state properties to California First LLC.
Don’t be surprised next year if Gov. Jerry Brown re-enters the political boxing ring for another around with CalPERS over what kinds of pay can count toward a government retiree’s pension calculations. And don’t be surprised if he loses again.
Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog 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 email@example.com or 916-321-1043. Twitter: @TheStateWorker.