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Ridgewood NJ, 100,000 New Jersey public workers could be partially furloughed under plan proposed by state Senate .New Jersey would cut the hours and pay of 100,000 public workers under a plan unveiled Monday by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney. But public employees would be able to collect payments that would exceed their regular wages because of the recent expansion in unemployment benefits, he said.
Governor Murphy said last Friday ,”New Jersey’s tax revenues are “falling off the cliff,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at a Wednesday press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.But it’s not yet clear exactly how far they’ve plunged.The state Department of Treasury released a new monthly revenue update Wednesday that, while a report on March revenues, actually is a reflection of February activity.”
The NJ Senate proposal, which would have to be passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by the governor, would allow the state and local governments to save hundreds of millions of dollars by making workers take unemployment for several days a week over three months while also keeping their health benefits.
Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said his plan could stave off the drastic public-sector layoffs that the governor and local officials warn loom if tax revenues continue to plummet in response to the coronavirus crisis.