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CalPERS OKs 9.5 percent health premium hike, but Medicare recipients are spared

Posted Jun 13, 2012 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

CalPERS today approved a roughly 9.5 percent increase in health insurance premiums. The pension fund's governing board voted unanimously to approve the increase, which will cost the average CalPERS member another $30 a month in premiums. The increase takes effect Jan. 1.

It represents one of the biggest increases in years for CalPERS, which covers 1.3 million public workers and retirees and is one of the largest purchasers of the health care in the nation.

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San Jose voters approve pension reforms

Posted Jun 06, 2012 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

San Jose voters Tuesday handed Mayor Chuck Reed a crucial victory with his nationally watched pension reform measure passing by a decisive margin.It was a big night for pension reform, with a San Diego measure also winning by a wide margin. City employee unions who argued the measures are illegal were expected to challenge both in court.

But voter approval of San Jose's Measure B puts Reed and the city in the vanguard of efforts to shrink taxpayer bills for generous government pension plans. Passage also strengthen's Reed's hand as he and his City Council allies work to enact the measure's reforms with a vote next week to reduce pensions for new hires.

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Legislative panel working on ‘hybrid’ pension

Posted Apr 11, 2012 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

SANTA ROSA — A two-house legislative committee is working with Gov. Brown’s Department of Finance on a ‘hybrid’ retirement plan for new state and local government hires, a committee member told a forum here last week.

Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, twice referred to a “cash balance” plan while talking about a cost-cutting hybrid, proposed by Brown, that combines a lower pension with a 401(k)-style individual investment plan.

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Retired public workers can count on promised benefits, court says

Posted Nov 22, 2011 by newspaper editor    2 Comment(s)  8 Likes Like Dislike

Health benefits for government retirees may not be eliminated if state and local governments had clearly promised workers those benefits, the California Supreme Court ruled in an Orange County case Monday.

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Open Enrollment runs Oct. 10 to Nov.4

Posted Oct 05, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

    The time for CalPERS members to make changes to their health plan or add eligible family members begins Oct. 10 and continues through Nov. 4. In mid-August, CalPERS Open Enrollment packets were mailed to eligible members. [Read More...]



Plan to fix its finances thrown into jeopardy.

Posted Sep 28, 2011 by    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Faced with a growing pension burden, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council moved this summer to freeze the amount of healthcare benefits given to thousands of police and firefighters once they retire. Those benefits would not increase in coming years, Villaraigosa said, unless employees contribute more toward retirement from their paychecks. [Read More...]



Assembly throws in towel on public pension reform -- for now

Posted Sep 09, 2011 by newspaper editor    2 Comment(s)  1 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento Bee Sept. 8, 2011 --Lawmakers essentially threw in the towel Thursday on comprehensive public pension reform - at least for now.

With this year's legislative session scheduled to end at midnight today, the Assembly voted 51-21 to approve a last-minute bill declaring its commitment to pension reform but conceding that more time is needed.

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Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders announce budget deal

Posted Jun 27, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they have reached an agreement on a new majority-vote budget plan.

"We've had some tough discussions, but I can tell you that the Democrats in both the Senate and the Assembly have now joined with the administration and myself and we have a very good plan going forward with the budget," Brown said at a press conference in his office this afternoon.
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Brown's spokesman calls Republicans 'basically moronic'

Posted Jun 27, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

With California's new fiscal year starting Friday and no compromise with the GOP on a budget in sight, Gov. Jerry Brown's chief spokesman called Sacramento Republicans "basically moronic" for failing to strike [Read More...]



CalPERS Board Adopts 2012 Health Benefits Rate Package

Posted Jun 16, 2011 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s Board of Administration on June 15 adopted a 2012 health care rate package with an overall annual premium increase of 4.1 percent for more than 1.3 million CalPERS members.

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