July 20, 2017

State employed supervisors and managers are enrolled in the Consolidated Benefits Program (CoBen). This provides a single state payment to cover some or all of the premium contributions for health, dental, and vision coverage.

For PECG-represented supervisors and managers, the state’s contribution is based on the 85%/80% formula for health premiums, the same as for Bargaining Unit 9 employees.

For 2018, the state’s CoBen monthly contribution will increase from $643 to $663 for single, from $1248 to $1,281 for two-party, and from $1617 to $1,658 for family coverage.

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The ballots for electing PECG Corporate Officers for next year have been mailed to the homes of all PECG members. If you have not received your ballot, that probably means the PECG Office does not have your current mailing address. To update your address so you can receive ballots, the PECG Informer, and other information and materials, please respond to this email with your current mailing address.

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Grant Davis has been appointed Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director by Governor Brown. Mr. Davis has been General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency since 2009. He succeeds Acting Director Bill Croyle, who retired last month. The appointment requires confirmation by the State Senate.

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The Legislature has approved a bill to extend the authorization of the state’s Cap and Trade program, sending Assembly Bill 398 to the Governor for his signature. The program requires companies which emit greenhouse gases above an authorized level to reduce emissions or buy permits to offset the effects. The legislation was strongly supported by Governor Brown. Eight Republicans joined all but three Democrats in achieving the two-thirds vote of approval. Extending the Cap and Trade program to 2030 is intended to help achieve California’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below the 1990 levels.

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The $17 billion proposed project to construct twin tunnels under the Delta to convey water to the south continues to run into resistance from a variety of sources. While federal environmental regulations removed one potential obstacle, a meeting in Coalinga earlier this week highlighted the concerns and objections from some farmers and growers to the estimated increased cost. The project is expected to improve the reliability of water delivery but not necessarily increase the quantity. Water agencies are expected to decide in September whether they are willing to provide the funding for the project to continue.

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PECG members have access to a number of members-only discounts and other programs. One benefit which is available to everyone who is age 62 or older, not just PECG members, is a Senior Pass for access to hundreds of national parks and sites around the country. The cost of this lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 on August 28. For more information, click here.