Friday, June 24, 2011
Already approved by the Senate, the law now goes to Gov. Christie for his signature.
After a day filled with rallies and protests outside the State House in Trenton, the Assembly has backed legislation that will increase contributions by public employees to their health-care and pension costs, now sending the measure to Gov. Chris Christie to be signed into law. The Assembly voted Thursday evening, approving the reform package, 46-32, three days after the state Senate’s 24-15 vote on the bill. Christie is expected to sign the legislation into law Monday. “Together, we’re showing New Jersey is serious about providing long-term fiscal stability for our children and grandchildren. We are putting the people first and daring to touch the third rail of politics in order to bring reform to an unsustainable system," Christie said…
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The president of the Gloucester Township Education Association is in Trenton today to protest the proposed pension and health benefits reform bill.
Angel McDermott, president of Gloucester Township Education Association, is among the thousands in Trenton today to protest the pension and health benefits reform bill being considered by the Assembly. The Senate approved the reform package, supported by both Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney, on Monday. Here are a few crowd shots McDermott sent GT Patch from outside of the State House.
Opponents of the reform bill, which was approved by the Senate on Monday, have called the legislation an attack on the middle class.
Proposed legislation to increase contributions by public employees to their health care and pension costs is expected to be approved by the state Assembly today, clearing its final hurdle before heading to Gov. Chris Christie to be signed into law. The state Senate adopted the pension and health care reform bill on Monday by a margin of 24-15, with 16 Republicans and eight Democrats voting in favor of bill S-2937. The bill would require teachers and state and local government workers to pay an additional 1 percent of their salaries toward their pensions as of July 1, and an additional 1 percent phased in over the next seven years for a total of 7.5 percent. Police and firefighters would pay an additional 1.5 percent of their salaries …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The township police department's union leader spoke out against the bill, which is backed by Gov. Chris Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney.
The New Jersey State Senate approved a bill aimed at increasing public employees' contributions to health benefits and pension payments Monday by a margin of 24-15. The State Assembly still needs to pass its own version of the bill before the law will go to Gov. Chris Christie's desk for signing. The bill makes various changes to the manner in which the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), the Judicial Retirement System (JRS), the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS), and the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) operates and to the benefit provisions of those systems, according to a release from the Senate. Christie released a statement commending the passage of S-2937. “I …