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2020-21 State Budget: Governor Aims to Eliminate Debts, Pay Down Pension Liabilities and Grow Reserves

Posted: 1/24/2020 Tags: budget legislation policy politics salary Tags Views: 1339

On January 10, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2020-2021 State Budget that will fund the government for the 12-month period starting July 1, 2020.

Under the governor’s plan, state spending next year would total just over $222 billion, with $153 billion in general fund and $63.8 billion in special fund spending. Another $5.4 billion in state bond spending makes up the difference. This is about a 3.5% increase over current fiscal year spending.

In this Budget, as with last year’s, the majority of the surplus is devoted to one-time spending. This approach enables the state to make significant investments in critical areas without making commitments to ongoing spending in future years.

Here is the quick rundown on a few items that will specifically interest ACSS members:

State Employee Compensation
The budget proposal includes $1.5 billion ($654 million general fund) in new funding for increased employee compensation, higher health care costs for active state employees, and the state’s contribution to prefund retiree health care costs for active employees. The budget summary notes the Administration will begin negotiations with 7 of the state’s 21 bargaining units, whose contracts expire in late June or early July 2020.

Building Budget Resiliency and Paying Down Unfunded Retirement Liabilities
In addition to the state’s required contributions, the Budget proposes to accelerate the payment of the remaining $500 million currently scheduled over fiscal years 2020-21 through 2022-23 into a single payment in 2020-21.

State Health Care/Retiree Health Care
Through the collective bargaining process, the state’s 21 employee bargaining units and related supervisors and managers now prefund retiree health benefits. As a result, $2.6 billion is currently set aside in the prefunding trust fund to pay for future retiree health benefits. A small but important step in paying for what is an estimated $85.6 billion in unfunded health care liability.

State Employee Position Increases
The budget projects the hiring of an additional 3,187 state employee positions in 2020-21 for a total of 219,017.

The Governor’s complete budget summary and draft budget can be found here: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov

As the proposed state budget progresses, ACSS will continue to meet with CalHR to advocate for inclusion of funding for supervisory and managerial compensation salary increases. ACSS will also be meeting-and-conferring with the state over realignments impacting ACSS members including the workforce programs moving into the new Department of Better Jobs and Higher Wages and the Juvenile Justice reorganization into the new Department of Youth and Community Restoration.

As we delve into more of the proposed budget details, we will report on any new positions and increased funding proposals for departments outlined in the full budget or if there are other proposals that impact ACSS and its members. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Click here to read the full version of the ACSS State Budget Report as presented by our ACSS Legislative Advocate, Ted Toppin at the January 18th, 2020, ACSS Board Meeting.


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Primary Election Results - ACSS Endorsed Candidates Advance to November Election

Posted: 6/7/2018 Tags: election governor PAC politics Tags Views: 1494

“ACSS had another great election day with all but two ACSS-Endorsed candidates advancing to the November election under California’s unique ‘top-two’ primary system.

An ACSS-endorsed candidate advanced in 97 of 98 races, including Democrat Gavin Newsom who finished first in the Governor’s race and will face a Republican in November. ACSS was 5 out of 5 in contested campaigns for open legislative seats.”

- Ted Toppin, ACSS Legislative Advocate

Click here to view complete election results. Open seat candidates are in bold.


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Another Successful ACSS Lobby Day!



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On March 21, 2018, ACSS members marched into the Capitol and met with legislators to discuss important issues affecting managers, supervisors and confidential state employees. Lobby Day was a resounding success with 54 members in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members who attended, our presence at the Capitol was visible and our voices were clearly heard! For 18 consecutive years, ACSS members have participated in Lobby Day to deliver the ACSS message in person to Assemblymembers and Senators. 

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ACSS Lobby Day 2018 is coming soon!

Posted: 3/15/2018 Tags: events legislation Lobby Day politics Tags Views: 3776

At Lobby Day, the goal is to unite ACSS members with legislators to educate them and get their support on the issues that affect the careers of excluded employees. This is what ACSS is all about! When ACSS members come together with their fellow excluded employees, their voices are heard loud and clear at the Capitol. ACSS fights to protect the rights and compensation for all state supervisors, managers and confidential employees. Together, we are making a difference!

This year, we are hand-selecting a talented and dedicated group of long-time activists to represent ACSS at the Capitol for Lobby Day. Their fine-tuned message will deliver a powerful punch to Legislators and our message will be heard clearly.


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Do the Impending Board of Equalization changes affect you?

Posted: 6/23/2017 Tags: legislation policy politics Tags Views: 2668

Effective July 1, 2017 Assembly Bill 102 will go into effect to create the new California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and the new Office of Tax Appeals (OTA), dismantling the existing Board of Equalization (BOE). On June 15, 2017, AB 102 passed and was quickly set into motion. The bill basically splits the BOE into three parts:

  1. The CDTFA will take over administrating sales tax, business tax, and fee programs such as tobacco and cannabis sales.
  2. The OTA will be composed of Administrative Law Judges and will act as California’s tax court, overseeing hearings on tax appeals.
  3. The remaining BOE will focus on overseeing property tax, utility tax and taxes on insurers.

This process strips BOE of all of its power. BOE recently underwent a rigorous audit which revealed corruption and inappropriate business practices, creating a climate of fear among state workers. AB 102, endorsed by Jerry Brown, State Controller Betty Yee, BOE Board Member Fiona Ma, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, promises to create a better system to deal with issues appropriately and to ensure that taxes are fairly collected and managed across the state.

Click here for an FAQ guide on this issue.

According to the Sac Bee, “about 90 percent of BOE’s 4,800 employees are expected to move to the new departments where they will continue to do the same jobs under different leadership.” ACSS will be meeting with CalHR on June 29th, 2017, to discuss the impact on excluded employees. If you have questions or concerns that you would like ACSS to discuss with CalHR on your behalf in regards to this matter, please contact Nellie Lynn, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation, at nlynn@acss.org.


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