As the California economy continued its recovery and state revenue grew last year, the Assembly awarded about $1.2 million in raises to a quarter of its full-time employees, including some of its highest-paid staffers, salary records show. Senate raises were few and far between in 2013. But the payroll for both houses is up about 3 percent from mid-2011, when California was still early in its climb out of the Great Recession.
Through California’s budget busts and rosier-than-expected revenues, in good times and bad, two things have held steady during Gov. Jerry Brown’s third term: the size and payroll of the state workforce. But while the overall bureaucracy remained unchanged, many departments added staff and others axed jobs. Economics, federal funding and court decisions triggered some of the changes. Politics guided others.
TRENTON — After protesters had interrupted his previous town hall meeting, Gov. Chris Christie was ready for the dozen or so who showed up last week in South River. "Well, congratulations," Christie told the town hall crowd. "You have now seen the latest gift given to you by the public sector unions in the state of New Jersey."
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad admitted Monday morning the practice of paying dismissed state workers additional money in exchange for their confidentiality was far more common than first reported.