Thursday, June 16, 2011
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the Democratically controlled legislative leaders have reached a deal on remaking the state's pension and health plans for state employees — a bipartisan deal to scale back state employee benefits in New Jersey.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
In a move that's becoming increasingly familiar across the country, Governor Chris Christie is asking public employees to contribute more of their income to their pensions and health care. New legislation could force towns and school districts to purchase private health plans, rather than participate in a government program which critics allege has lost over $200 million in recent years.
But unlike other states, the proposal in New Jersey is bipartisan, sort of: the plan represents a compromise between Republican Governor Christie and Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney.
And now state unions are targeting them both as the New Jersey legislative nears its budget deadline at the end of the month.