The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 29, 2009
State motor vehicle insurance premiums going up -- 13 percent
It's the annual memo that can be a budget maker or a breaker for some state managers.

We're talking about the Department of General Services missive in which officials reveal what each department and agency will pay for their car and truck insurance in the next year.

The state self-insures all its vehicles, ranging from California Highway Patrol cruisers and sports utility vehicles to CalTrans trucks to the state university system's cars.

Last year, premium assessments dropped, due to fewer crashes and more driver safety education classing delivering dividends.

This year, assessments are up 13 percent to a total of $16.97 million from $15 million.

"It was necessary for DGS to raise the 2009/2010 assessment due to increased claim costs," reads the memo from General Services director Will Bush.

If you want to read which department or agency is paying what next fiscal year, and how that compares to what they paid last year, click here:  DGS Insurance Memo.pdf

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