I am a state employee. I started working in April 1973 right before I graduated from high school. I made less than $3000.00 a year. It took me 30 years to make $30,000.00 a year. I hope to retire in June 2012. If I do, I will be drawing less than the 2011 poverty level of $10,890 for a family of 1. I've worked hard and have raised 2 children without child support from my ex-husband. I resent your implication that we make a lot of money and have a wonderful retirement. I do appreciate the fact that I will be able to draw retirement...I realized there are many people who do not have any. I don't know quite what you mean by a defined benefit pension plan. Also, I don't know where you got that we get 30 days off a year. We get 12, 13 days a year paid holidays. The state employees that make any money are department heads and commissioners and assistant commissioners who for the most part are appointed directly by the governor. So if you have any beefs with state employees, take it up with them.