IFPTE Local 195
March 2017

Legislative Report Submitted by Dr. Robert Angelo

 

STATE BUDGET

On February 28th, Governor Christie presented his proposed State Budget for the fiscal year beginning
July 1, 2017. The $35.5 billion proposal will be Christie’s last State Budget! Against a backdrop of historically low approval ratings, Christie continues to blame public sector benefits for the $1 billion increase in state spending projected for next year.
 
Here are a number of items of interest to Local 195:

  An increase in the State contribution to the pension funds by $650 million to a total of $2.5 billion. Still, well short of the contribution necessary to reach full funding.
  Proposal to use Lottery funds to shore up state pension balances (no details provided).
  The Budget assumes $125 million in public employee health care savings that would first have to be approved by state committees.
  Additional funds were provided for addiction programs.
 

The Senate and Assembly Budget Committees will now begin to review Christie’s Budget proposal. The State Constitution requires a new Budget to be in place by 6/30.

Below is a partial list of the bills of interest to Local 195:

A-4/S-2810
Requires quarterly pension payments
Sponsors: Prieto, Sweeney
Position: SUPPORT
SIGNED INTO LAW 12/15/16
 
A-110
Eliminates Seniority in Civil Service and other jurisdictions during RIF situations
Sponsor: Space (R24)
Position: OPPOSE
 
A-570
Limits payments to public employees for accumulated sick leave upon retirement
Sponsor: Handlin (R13)
Position: OPPOSE
 
A-574
Establishes the NJ Right to Work Act
Sponsor: O'Scanlon (R13)
Position: OPPOSE
 
A-839
Provides for employee time off for events related to
their children education
Sponsor: Jimenez (D32)
Position: SUPPORT
 
A-1216
Permits towns to opt out of Civil Service
Sponsor: Bucco (R24)
Position: OPPOSE
 
A-1446
Provides earned sick leave to all employees
Sponsors: Lampitt (D6), Mukherji (D33) and more
Position: SUPPORT
 
A-2063
Requires the State to make the full pension payment
Sponsor: Gusciora
Position: SUPPORT
 
A-3296
Stops local governments from offsetting pension contributions as Employer contributions.
Sponsor: Singleton/Wimberly
Position: SUPPORT
 
A15/S15
Raises minimum wage to $15/hr. by 2021
Sponsors: Sweeney/Prieto
Position: SUPPORT
 
S-2
Encourages Shared services in government.
Sponsor: Sweeney
Posistion: MONITOR
 
S-338
Removes State College employees from Civil Service
Sponsor: Kean
Posistion: OPPOSE
 
S-341
Restricts political contributions by unions
Sponsor: Kean
Position: OPPOSE
 
S-572
Restricts use of sick leave prior to retirement
Sponsor: Doherty
Position: OPPOSE
 
S-643
Reinstates pension COLA
Sponsor: Turner
Position: SUPPORT
 
S-797
Extends “whistleblower” protections
Sponsor: Weinberg
Position: SUPPORT
 
S-2842
Allows enhanced pension investments in the Transportation Fund
Sponsor: Sweeney
Position: MONITOR
 
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