The State Worker

How much Jerry Brown pays California state workers

State paychecks roll of a printer at the State Controller's Office on C Street in Sacramento.
State paychecks roll of a printer at the State Controller's Office on C Street in Sacramento. Randall Benton

As today’s State Worker column notes, Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 state budget proposal includes and extra $350 million for employee raises. At the same time, Brown wants the unions to accept new employee contributions toward their retiree medical benefits and to reduce those benefits for future hires. It’s not a coincidence.

In total, Brown’s proposed budget would boost salary costs by $733 million to $16.9 billion next year, an increase of 4.5 percent. Of that, roughly $388 million is already committed to negotiated raises and anticipated hires, promotions and the like. The balance could be applied to raises.

Meanwhile, the number of state jobs under gubernatorial authority would hold essentially steady at about 207,000, according to Brown’s budget proposal. While that’s about a 1 percent increase in positions, it still holds the number of state jobs well under the 221,000 positions on the payroll in 2014-15. Attrition in transportation, health and human services and corrections cut most deeply into the workforce.

These charts, built with data in the governor’s budget proposal, dive more deeply into the details.

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