Tuesday marks the start of the Fix 50 freeway project that will affect commutes for tens of thousands of state employees working in downtown Sacramento and along Interstate 50 from Rancho Cordova to West Sacramento and beyond.
California state government’s leave cash-out program is up and running at the Department of Social Services, where employees last week received query forms that asked if they wanted to trade up to 20 hours of leave time for money.
Our State Worker column this week highlights a new report that concludes public employees brought in under last year’s cheaper pension formulas must work up to five years longer or save thousands of dollars each year to have the same retirement income as workers under older, more generous pension plans.
Since our report on the states employee leave cash out program for three bargaining units and all excluded employees (if departments can afford it), weve fielded calls and emails from state workers whose responses range from praise to disdain.
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.
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:
The push for a government pension measure on the November ballot died Friday when its most public backer called it quits.