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Murphy’s Unconstitutional $10 Billion Borrowing Scheme Is ‘Wacko on Steroids’

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) on an unconstitutional plan proposed by Governor Phil Murphy to borrow $10 billion to fund State operating expenses over the next 12 months was published by on July 15, 2020:

The Murphy Administration and the Democratic legislators are prepared to move forward with the largest borrowing scheme in state history. They are seeking to raise $10 billion through bonding to fund state spending over the next 12 months.

This fiscally irresponsible plan could cost New Jersey taxpayers tens of billions of dollars in debt and interest payments over the next 35 years, depending on the interest rate. They will say “it’s a good time to borrow because interest rates are low.”

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NJ Senator Tom Kean Introduces Resolution Disapproving Murphy’s $100 Million Back-Pay Giveaway

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June 20, 2018

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Will Urge Senate on Thursday to Exercise Its Constitutional Authority to Withhold Appropriation for Retroactive Raises.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has introduced a resolution urging the Legislature to reject $100 million of retroactive back payments that Governor Phil Murphy is attempting to give to public employee union members.

Sen. Tom Kean will urge the Legislature to reject $100 million of retroactive back payments that Gov. Phil Murphy is attempting to give to public employee union members. (Pixabay)
“Governor Murphy’s plan to give $100 million of retroactive raises to public workers is obscene given his repeated statements that New Jersey is in such poor fiscal shape that we have no choice but to raise taxes by billions,” said Kean. “Thankfully the Governor has no ability to fund this giveaway to his union friends without legislative approval. As we debate the FY19 State budget tomorrow, I will urge the Legislature to exercise its constitutional authority to deny an appropriation for these unaffordable back payments.”

Kean’s resolution, SCR-127, disapproves of Governor Murphy’s proposal to award retroactive raises to approximately 32,000 Executive Branch employees in an amount totaling more than $100 million.

The Governor’s plan to provide the back payments follows his unilateral approval of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) that provides for the retroactive raises.
The resolution illustrates the excesses of the deal, highlighting the example of a public employee with a current salary of $70,000. Under the contract agreed to by Governor Murphy, that taxpayer-funded employee would receive an immediate windfall payment of $20,000 for retroactive pay increases. Further, the employee’s salary would immediately rise to approximately $87,000, representing a permanent pay increase of more than 23 percent.
“Middle-class workers in the private sector, employees of non-profits supporting our communities, and thousands of public servants who aren’t members of a politically influential union won’t get 23-percent salary increases or retroactive raises, but they’ll all pay through higher taxes for the massive checks that Governor Murphy wants to send to certain union employees,” said Kean. “For someone who talks a lot about fairness, the Governor’s giveaway to the CWA represents anything but a fair deal for New Jersey taxpayers.”

Kean said there’s no room for the lavish giveaway given the competing tax proposals being pushed by Governor Murphy and legislative Democrats.
“Governor Murphy is pushing a $1.7 billion tax increase plan, while Democratic legislators are offering a competing plan to raise taxes by $1 billion,” added Kean. “Given the severity of the multitude of tax raising proposals from Democrats, it’s shocking that none of them are looking for opportunities to eliminate unnecessary spending. This frivolous budget addition of $100 million to fund retroactive raises is a good place to start. I’ll urge the Senate to act tomorrow to cut off funding for the Governor’s excessively generous union agreement.”

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Christie administration pushes on in labor dispute over public worker pay increases



Posted on September 3, 2017 at 7:20 AM

By Samantha Marcus,

NJ Advance Media for

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is digging in on a labor dispute in which it refuses to pay public employees’ step increases after their contracts expired, despite state court rulings that have largely upheld the practice.

The administration has asked the Public Employment Relations Commission to block the union’s request to go to arbitration to argue that the state should pay their step increases.

Tens of thousands of state employees have missed one or more of these longevity pay bumps as the state froze salaries for workers whose contracts expired June 30, 2015. The state relied on a decision from PERC that upended a four-decades-old custom of step increases outliving the term of a contract.

Hetty Rosenstein, state director of the Communications Workers of America, New Jersey’s largest state employee union, said that despite a state Supreme Court ruling in August rebuking PERC, Christie’s administration is still seeking to freeze employees on the salary guide.

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Verizon Says No Strike Called as Talks Continue With Unions


by Sarah MulhollandLisa Pham
August 1, 2015 — 3:35 PM EDTUpdated on August 2, 2015 — 12:56 AM EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. said employees will continue to work as negotiations continue between unions and the second-largest U.S. telephone company on an agreement on benefits.

Contracts with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers expired Saturday night at midnight New York time, the company said in a statement.

The telecommunications giant is pushing back against union demands such as increasing tuition assistance and eliminating employee health-insurance contributions, which were instituted for the first time in the 2012 contract. Verizon’s initial offer in June included a 2 percent wage increase in each of the first two years of the three-year contract, plus a lump-sum payment in the final year.

“The company has barely moved off its initial June 22nd proposal,” Ed Mooney, a vice president for Communications Workers of America, said in a separate statement.