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State's payroll soars under Schwarzenegger
SFGate.com ^ | 5/25/08 | Erin McCormick

Posted on 05/25/2008 8:15:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

The state of California's payroll is skyrocketing, even as its budget deficit has grown to billions of dollars in recent months.

In Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's first four years, the total bill for state workers' salaries jumped by 37 percent, compared with a 5 percent increase in the preceding four years under then-Gov. Gray Davis, a Chronicle analysis of state payroll records shows.

One month before Schwarzenegger took office in November 2003, just eight state employees earned more than $200,000 a year working in the core state government, which excludes universities and the Legislature. In April of this year, there were nearly a thousand, according to records.

And the number of state employees making six-figure salaries has more than doubled since 2003, to nearly 15,000. ...

Some of the pay increases in recent years have been out of Schwarzenegger's control, including previously negotiated pay raises for some employee unions and court-ordered pay hikes for medical workers ...

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Legislators, gubernatorial aides and top medical professionals have received pay hikes in the last 12 months. And as the state looks at drastic cuts in many programs, the governor is proposing about $260 million in salary increases for the state's prison guards, whose pay jumped about 34 percent in five years under their previous contract.

At the same time, pay for many lower-ranking civil service workers has not kept up with the 15 percent increase in the state's consumer price index in the past four years, ... Most civil service workers saw their pay rise by only 12 percent over that time.

The winners of the payroll race seem to be the unions with the strongest political ties or those who spend big bucks on political contributions and lobbying, said Christina Lokke of California Common Cause, a good-government watchdog group.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; payroll; schwarzenegger; soars

1 posted on 05/25/2008 8:15:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes and don’t forget his proposed $5 billiion addition for prisoner health programs and his pro gay marriage stance. He worse than Davis in my opinion.


2 posted on 05/25/2008 8:19:51 AM PDT by BigFinn
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To: NormsRevenge

I never imagined it would turn out this way but Schwarzenegger has been a worse governer than Davis.


3 posted on 05/25/2008 8:20:12 AM PDT by saganite
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To: BigFinn

i read somewhere on here that he feels gay marriage will benefit the state?


4 posted on 05/25/2008 8:21:17 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: NormsRevenge

No problem. Just issue more bonds and saddle today’s payroll debt on future generations of Mexicalifornians. /bs


5 posted on 05/25/2008 8:22:57 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: saganite

You can’t depend on even a true conservative governor to save you. All a true conservative can do is to veto the very worst stuff passed by the legislature. The slow slide continues, but at a slower pace.

The key is the legislature...


6 posted on 05/25/2008 8:25:13 AM PDT by sailor4321
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To: television is just wrong

He thinks that gays will come here for vacation marriages. Sorta like a homosexual Niagra Falls.


7 posted on 05/25/2008 8:25:27 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: NormsRevenge

This clown was ballyhooed by the “But he can win and he has an (R) after his name” types here on FR.

Y’know, the same “love the one you’re with” crowd that has given us John McCain as our candidate and prop him up as a “conservative”.

Sigh. To my fellow conservatives: good luck and God bless.

APf


8 posted on 05/25/2008 8:25:43 AM PDT by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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To: NormsRevenge

How can this be?

Warren Buffet is helping Ahnold.


9 posted on 05/25/2008 8:28:41 AM PDT by NoLibZone (When Shall We Have The Courage Our Founders Had? It's Time For The 2nd American Revolution.)
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To: NoLibZone

Arnold named Warren Buffett, as his senior economic adviser.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3149305.stm


10 posted on 05/25/2008 8:31:28 AM PDT by NoLibZone (When Shall We Have The Courage Our Founders Had? It's Time For The 2nd American Revolution.)
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To: NormsRevenge
A solution to the California money problem...

CUT OFF THE CANDY TO ILLEGALS, CUT OFF THE HUMUNGUS RETIREMENTS TO STATE EMPLOYEES, THROW OUT THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY AND HIRE MORE I.C.E AGENTS!

A no brainer Arnold.

11 posted on 05/25/2008 8:31:32 AM PDT by jetson
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To: NoLibZone

Then add in the fact that they all can retire at 55 and get nearly their full salary. The state is broke. They want to sell the lottery..next they will sell I-5. In the meantime they are raising taxes and fees. Just wait til they try and tax the lawyers, Drs. and shrinks. That will be fun.


12 posted on 05/25/2008 8:35:42 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like California’s still a place to make a fortune.


13 posted on 05/25/2008 8:36:20 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Mojave

he thinks the ceremonies, will pull the state out of its financial slump


14 posted on 05/25/2008 8:37:36 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: BigFinn

Unfortunately, the big spending for prisoner’s health programs is due to the fact that the state lost a lawsuit. A federal judge (Thelton Henderson) appointed a federal receiver to oversee the prison health system, and it’s costing a bloody fortune. As I understand it, the receiver has basically a blank check to the state treasury to do what he deems necessary to bring the state prison’s medical care for prisoners up to “constitutional” standards. Whatever that is.


15 posted on 05/25/2008 8:40:36 AM PDT by FixedandDilated
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To: NormsRevenge

Cut all state employees salaries by 10%, every six months, until the state finances get back in control.....with no tax increases. I would bet that they get a handle on it real quick. Along with that, no benefits, of any kind, for illegals.


16 posted on 05/25/2008 8:41:29 AM PDT by RC2
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To: NormsRevenge

American Government: Providing middleclass incomes to unemployables for 200 years!


17 posted on 05/25/2008 8:50:43 AM PDT by Seruzawa (A skeleton walks into a bar and asks for a beer and a mop.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Governors come and go, but the bureaucracy steamrollers on.
Enabled by the same corrupt legislature that keeps getting re-elected, the same ignorant, hungry socialist tax machine.

Californians keep getting the government they deserve.
The only (tiny) consolation is that the honest, hardworking aware taxpayer is better equiped to weather the disaster when the **** hits the fan.

18 posted on 05/25/2008 8:53:13 AM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is why I don’t vote for Rino’s who are the lesser of two evils. Often times, they are worse because they have no constraints. A Dem governor would have to be sensitive to Republicans blasting them over wasteful spending. A RINO doesn’t have to deal with that because the Dems love the spending, and the GOP won’t attack their own.

Same thing happend with W.


19 posted on 05/25/2008 9:19:31 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: NormsRevenge
"And the number of state employees making six-figure salaries has more than doubled since 2003, to nearly 15,000. ..."

I bet these people couldn't do much better than a minimum wage job in the private sector

20 posted on 05/25/2008 9:20:21 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Election '08, the year McCain defined the word "dilemma")
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To: APFel
This clown was ballyhooed by the “But he can win and he has an (R) after his name” types here on FR.

It's a cheap shot to criticize history and invent a wonderful fiction about which alternative would have been much better.

The entertainment of kiddies.

I still can't think of whom, of the choices we had, might have done better.

21 posted on 05/25/2008 9:20:22 AM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: FixedandDilated
As I understand it, the receiver has basically a blank check to the state treasury to do what he deems necessary to bring the state prison’s medical care for prisoners up to “constitutional” standards. Whatever that is.

As I understand it, the Governor and the legislature can ignore the judge and see where he goes with that decision.

Real men, in the past, have defied judges, even Supremem Court ones.

22 posted on 05/25/2008 9:23:04 AM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: Ron Jeremy
Just curious - you're not by any chance THAT Ron Jeremy? ;-)
23 posted on 05/25/2008 9:43:58 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: FixedandDilated
As I understand it, the receiver has basically a blank check to the state treasury to do what he deems necessary to bring the state prison’s medical care for prisoners up to “constitutional” standards. Whatever that is.

As I understand it, the Governor and the legislature can ignore the judge and see where he goes with that decision.

Real men, in the past, have defied judges, even Supreme Court ones.

24 posted on 05/25/2008 9:44:06 AM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: Publius6961

I have no idea what “entertainment of kiddies” means, but I suppose it’s an attempted insult and a bizarre attempt to be snarky. Good try, “E” for effort and all that.

And to freshen up your cobwebbed memory:

http://republican.sen.ca.gov/web/mcclintock/

So enjoy that Governator of yours. He’ll be back. Into your wallet. You voted him, you support him, reap the whirlwind. John “Connor” McCain will dig deeper into it on the federal level. FRiend.

GLHF.

APf


25 posted on 05/25/2008 10:35:30 AM PDT by APFel (Regnum Nostrum Crescit)
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To: APFel
the same “love the one you’re with” crowd

LOL. That's a great description!

26 posted on 05/25/2008 11:22:39 AM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: NoLibZone
And McCain likes Buffett, too.
"I'd ask Warren Buffett to come back and run a commission to reform the institutions of government."
(quote from John McCain, October 14, 2007)

27 posted on 05/25/2008 11:33:36 AM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: NormsRevenge
But, but, but... Arnie promised! The pay increase that he pushed through the legislature would only apply to the prison chief!
CA: Bosses could get big raises - Governor says law's only beneficiary may be the prisons chief

28 posted on 05/25/2008 11:40:00 AM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: NormsRevenge; calcowgirl; ElkGroveDan; Carry_Okie; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; ...
Paragraph #2 PROVES that SchwartzenKennedy has exceeded Gray "Dubious" Davis' ineptitude as CA's Governor by a country mile!!!

Tom McClintock would have been a great "hit" with CA's people by now!!!

29 posted on 05/26/2008 1:18:29 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Electing Juan McGore President, or any Dem, would be Super Power economic suicide!!! Vote Nader...)
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To: SierraWasp; NormsRevenge; calcowgirl; ElkGroveDan; Amerigomag; Carry_Okie; tubebender; ...

Can anyone name just one action this Austrian clown has taken which significantly improves the budget situation?


30 posted on 05/26/2008 4:35:55 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: NormsRevenge

Salaries of State employees are up. What fraction of the State budget does that represent. When bennies such as health insurance are added what fraction is it?


31 posted on 05/26/2008 4:39:47 PM PDT by RightWhale (You are reading this now)
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To: NormsRevenge
The more the Austrian is outed, the bolder and more brazen his public liberalism becomes.

It would not surprise this observer if Schwarzenegger eventually comes out of the closet. Hopefully the sequestered, significant other is not Cruz Bustamante.

32 posted on 05/26/2008 5:05:27 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: Czar; Amerigomag
Can anyone name just one action this Austrian clown has taken which significantly improves the budget situation?

I can name a few where he deferred expenses, thereby making it appear better. Other than that--no.

33 posted on 05/26/2008 5:14:52 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: Czar

Of course not!!! He’ll make our grandkids taxes way high because his grandkids will have no trouble paying high taxes from their trust funds, don’tcha know???


34 posted on 05/26/2008 5:25:28 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Electing Juan McGore President, or any Dem, would be Super Power economic suicide!!! Vote Nader...)
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To: RightWhale
What fraction of the State budget does that represent. When bennies such as health insurance are added what fraction is it?

Combined salaries and benefits equal about 130% of California's current annual budget. $50B alone is unfunded, retirement liabilities.

35 posted on 05/26/2008 5:30:17 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: Czar

uhhhhh... wait..... I’m thinking...


36 posted on 05/26/2008 5:41:38 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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