Thousands of California state civil engineers, investigators and heavy mechanical equipment operators each stand to cash out up to 20 hours of leave time – if their departments can afford it.

The economic ripple of benefits paid to CalPERS’ retirees and their family members generated tens of billions of dollars in economic activity in fiscal 2011-12, the fund reported Tuesday, while CalPERS’ investments poured billions more into the state.

Technically, House Resolution 29 is nothing more than an opinion that Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez wants to put to a vote.

An Assembly resolution against government contracting is drawing fire from local governments and business groups for what they contend is a pledge against giving work to outside interests.

As we reported last week, the number of California state employees who took their pensions fell dramatically in the first quarter of this year. March also marked the 10th consecutive month that fewer workers retired when compared to the year before. What’s going on here?

The number of state workers who filed pension papers dropped sharply during the first quarter of this year compared with 2013, according to new CalPERS data, while March extended a record-setting string of months that retirement rates have declined.

A disgruntled state union is talking strike, but will it happen?

Our story in today’s Bee looks at which California state government departments have increased payroll and which have cut it during Gov. Jerry Brown’s third term. Here’s a complete list of employee counts and wages paid them over the three-year period, according to state controller’s payroll data.

Hollywood produces movies. Silicon Valley makes software. And Sacramento cranks out bills by the thousands.

Assembly hikes pay for many employees, including highest-paid - Sacramento Bee

A Wall Street firm cautioned Thursday that the failure to put a pension measure before California voters has negative implications for local governments facing higher retirement benefit bills.

Our State Worker column this week looks at a tension confronting the state’s stalled payroll overhaul: An audit of the MyCalPays Project (A.K.A. the 21st Century Project) project could yield invaluable lessons that would benefit nearly three dozen state IT projects in the pipeline, but it could also jeopardize its lawsuit against tech vendor SAP. The Legislative Analyst’s report that raised that issue also suggests that the state reassess whether it needs a universal payroll system for California’s vast, diverse bureaucracy. From the report:

Here’s a California state technology twist on a timeless truth: Honesty is the best policy – unless it blows up your $150 million lawsuit.

More than a year after California Controller John Chiang shut down a quarter-billion-dollar state payroll computer project that failed spectacularly, officials still haven’t looked into how the state contributed to the debacle, according to a report released Wednesday morning.

Governor wants NM to stop collecting union dues - sacbee.com

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has officially suspended efforts to place a pension-change measure on the November ballot, but he also plans to come back with another proposal in 2016. Peer into your crystal ball, then take our poll. (Can’t see it? Click here.)

The push for a government pension measure on the November ballot died Friday when its most public backer called it quits.

The push to put a public pension measure on the November ballot is officially dead.

Our column in Thursday’s Bee updates what’s happening with the lawsuit against CalPERS – and now its individual board members – over the organization’s administration of long-term care policies sold from 1995 to 2004.

A superior court judge dealt San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's pension overhaul campaign another setback on Thursday, rebuffing Reed's request to have the ballot initiative's title and summary rewritten.

The simmering fight over CalPERS’ decision to jack up its long-term-care insurance premiums is about to get hotter next week when the fund responds to a lawsuit that, among other things, accuses its leaders of falling down on their legal obligation to do right by members.

A legislative audit committee on Wednesday commissioned an audit of the Board of Equalization headquarters that will consider a range of options for the troubled building and the 2,000 or so employee who work there.

A Modesto lawmaker has pulled back her call for an audit of a 6-month-old California state computer system that has slowed down the process for licensing nursing school graduates since going online last fall.

More than a quarter of policyholders covered by CalPERS’ most costly long-term care insurance switched to cheaper plans over the last year, avoiding a controversial premium hike that looms in 2015.

Mayor Chuck Reed's public pension-change initiative is all but dead for this election cycle, but the court fight over its wording is alive. At stake: whether Reed can come back with a similar measure in in two years.

About The State Worker

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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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