Cost-of-Living Adjustments for California State Worker Pensions are Safe, for Now – The Sacramento Bee
Future state workers will receive cost-of-living adjustments when they retire, just as current retirees do, and they won’t have to choose between a CalPERS pension and a 401(k) plan anytime soon after both proposals were shot down on Monday. PECG opposed those measures and others that would have weakened the state’s retirement system and diminished retiree benefits.
Republicans Hope to Ride a Gas-Tax Repeal to Victory – Los Angeles Times
Republicans are on the verge of turning in at least 830,000 signatures for an initiative to repeal the tax increase. Democrats say they are not worried, because the gas tax is paying for much-needed road and bridge repairs. The thinking is that President Trump’s policy decisions will be a bigger factor for voters. The initiative targets a law approved as SB 1 in April 2017 by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It is expected to raise $5.4 billion annually for road and bridge repairs and improvements to mass transit.
Oroville Dam Without DWR? It’s a Possibility – Chico ER
A bill proposed by Assemblyman James Gallagher which would take the State Water Project out of the hands of the state Department of Water Resources passed unanimously on Tuesday through a legislative committee. Assembly Bill 3045 passed 15-0 through the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
City Officials Split on Who Should Pay for $17B California Delta Tunnels – Construction Dive
Both Los Angeles and San Diego have reduced their Metropolitan Water District usage, and those against the financing plan have said levying fees not in proportion with what customers use could be at odds with the state constitution and might open up the MWD to legal challenges.
$1.5 Billion Calif. Bridge Construction Reaches Milestone – Long Beach Press-Telegram
Workers have begun installing the super structure on the $1.5 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach, Calif., preparing for an initial surface of concrete slabs. Construction of the second-tallest cable-stayed bridge in the US started in 2013, and it has faced cost overruns and delays.
California State Workers Will Keep Monthly Paydays – The Sacramento Bee
Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, pitched a proposal to help lower-paid state workers better manage their finances by giving them two checks a month instead of one. Vidak’s office heard from state workers in Caltrans and at the Department of General Services who said they’d have a better handle on their budget if they were paid their wages more frequently.