Editorial: Vote 'yes' on state Proposal No. 2, veterans and civil service
This proposal is designed to fix a glitch that prevents some disabled veterans from getting the credit they deserve on civil service exams.
The system works like this: Disabled veterans who apply for a civil service job or a promotion are entitled to more extra points on their exams than other veterans get. A disabled vet gets 10 additional points for an original appointment instead of 5, for example, and gets 5 extra points for a job promotion instead of 2.5.
But here's the catch: All military veterans -- regardless of status -- are eligible for just one grant of additional points. This creates an inequity for veterans who won civil service jobs or promotions before they were certified as disabled. They miss out on their full credits.
This proposal would fix that by granting additional credits to those veterans who were certified as disabled after their appointment or promotion. The credits could be used on a subsequent appointment or promotion exam. This is only fair. Veterans, and especially those who suffer from disabilities as a result of their service, deserve extra recognition. Vote yes on Proposal No. 2.
STATE PROPOSAL NO. 2
The proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitution would entitle a veteran who has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or promotion and subsequently is certified as disabled to additional civil service credit at a subsequent appointment or promotion. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?