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Senate Democrats Block Beck/Doherty Sick Leave Reforms

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Republican Measures Would Address Nearly $2 Billion Property Tax Liability

Democrats in the New Jersey Senate blocked the consideration of sick leave reforms sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would address a nearly $2 billion liability for property taxpayers.

Senate Democrats tabled Sen. Jennifer Beck’s sick leave reform effort during the Senate session on June 22, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

Senators Beck and Doherty made motions to relieve S-2947 and S-572 from the committee process for consideration by the full New Jersey Senate.

“We’ve tried repeatedly to put an end to the outrageous six-figure payouts that drive up property tax bills statewide,” said Beck. “Democrats, however, continue to block our reforms that would end this abusive practice and make New Jersey more affordable. To be clear, this is more than a billion dollars of property tax relief that New Jersey Democrats have denied.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Governor’s Sick-Leave Reform Recommendations for PFRS Members Shows Willingness to Compromise to Address $2 Billion Liability to Property Taxpayers

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Says Democrats Should Come to the Table to Protect Property Taxpayers from Six-Figure Payouts

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that recommendations put forward by Governor Chris Christie to achieve sick leave reform are in line with legislative proposals that she and a bipartisan group of legislators have suggested, and again called for the Democratic majorities of the Legislature to allow any of those critical reform measures to advance to address an estimated $2 billion liability to property taxpayers for payouts for unused sick and vacation time for public employees.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that recommendations put forward by Gov. Christie to achieve sick leave reform are in line with legislative proposals that she and a bipartisan group of legislators have suggested, and again called for the Democratic majorities of the Legislature to allow any of those critical reform measures to advance. (SenateNJ.com)

In his conditional veto message for S-3040, the Governor called for payouts for unused sick days to be capped at $7,500 or the amount already accumulated, whichever is greater.

“I’ve repeatedly called on legislative leadership to allow for the consideration of any sick leave reform proposals by members of either party that could protect taxpayers from a $2 billion property tax liability,” said Beck. “The Governor’s proposal shows a willingness to compromise and accept sick leave payout limits that are in line with both my legislation and other proposals advocated by both Republicans and Democrats. This presents a clear opportunity for the Legislature to reach agreement with the Governor on sick leave reforms that have been stalled for too long.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Following Yet Another Six-Figure Leave Payout, Beck Again Urges Action

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) is once again calling for immediate action on sick and vacation leave reform, following reports that Asbury Park taxpayers will pay $127,000 to cover the cost of a retiring Acting Police Chief’s buyback of unused leave time.

Sen. Jennifer Beck is once again calling for sick leave reforms following reports that Asbury Park taxpayers will have to pay $127,000 to cover the cost of the retiring Acting Police Chief’s buyback of unused leave time. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Acting Police Chief Salerno is a dedicated law enforcement officer who committed himself to the Asbury Park community,” Beck said. “That being said, the outdated practice of sick and vacation leave payouts has left struggling property taxpayers across New Jersey with rising tax bills they can’t afford. Think of the more productive services that Asbury Park could fund with that $127,000. By enacting reform, we can address the $2 billion sick leave liability for property taxpayers statewide.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Property Taxpayers on Hook for $500K Sick Leave Payout While Dems Continue to Block Reform

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Calls for Democratic Leadership of Legislature to “Do the Right Thing” for New Jersey Property Taxpayers

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) again called for legislative Democrats to join her in moving sick leave reforms following reports that property taxpayers will be on the hook for a potentially record-breaking payout of more than half-a-million dollars for unused days to Jersey City’s retiring police chief.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called on the Democratic leadership of the Legislature to allow sick leave reforms to advance following reports of a potentially record breaking payout of more than $500,000 to Jersey City’s retiring police chief. (Flickr)

“How many six-figure sick leave payouts must fall on the shoulders of property taxpayers before the Democratic leadership of the New Jersey Legislature will allow votes on reform legislation to end this anachronistic practice?” Beck asked. “New Jersey property taxpayers cannot afford to make $500,000 payments to retiring employees when their tax bills are already the highest in the nation.”

According to the Jersey Journal, the police chief is retiring with 450 unused days that are valued at $512,620 in the city’s proposed budget (see page 10).

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Kyrillos & Doherty Fight to Reform $1.9 Billion Property Tax Liability

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R-11), Michael Doherty (R-23) and Joe Kyrillos (R-13) sent letters today inviting Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to join their effort to achieve vacation and sick leave reform.

Senators Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty and Joe Kyrillos invited Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to join their effort to achieve vacation and sick leave reform. (SenateNJ.com)

Their invitation follows the publication of a story by NJ Spotlight today putting the total accumulated liability of towns, counties, and school districts for unused sick and vacation time at nearly $1.9 billion.

In the letter, the senators note that New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and highlight the bipartisan effort to enact the two-percent cap in 2010.

“When few people thought it was possible, Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature came together to pass the property tax cap,” said Doherty. “That was a good demonstration of what’s possible, but much more remains to be done. Ending the sick and vacation leave payout abuses that contribute to our state’s property tax crisis should be low-hanging fruit that we can accomplish together if given the opportunity.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty, Kyrillos Condemn Democrats for Repeated Efforts to Block Sick Leave Reform

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Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty and Joe Kyrillos condemned the repeated efforts by Legislative Democrats to block Senate and Assembly Republican attempts to move bills limiting local sick leave payouts to protect property taxpayers.

Sens. Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty, Joe Kyrillos condemned Legislative Democrats for continuing to block Senate and Assembly Republican efforts to pass sick leave reform. (SenateNJ.com)

An effort by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz to move legislation (A-653) addressing six-figure sick leave payouts that some local government employees receive when they retire was blocked by Assembly Democrats during the March 16, 2017 Assembly voting session.

Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck, Mike Doherty and Joe Kyrillos also attempted to force a vote on their sick leave reform bills during the most recent Senate session on March 13. Senate Democrats blocked each of those efforts.

“It doesn’t make any sense to repeatedly block attempts to achieve sick leave reform, when both Democrats and Republicans sponsor legislation to do just that,” Senator Beck (R-Monmouth) said. “I am disappointed to see the majority party pass up another opportunity to provide property tax relief to our residents, by eliminating this billion-dollar expense hanging over their heads.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Democrats Block Three Attempts by Kyrillos, Doherty & Beck to Move Bills Limiting Local Sick Leave Payouts to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Measures Would Stop Six-Figure Payouts for Unused Sick Time to Retiring Local Government Employees

Three separate efforts by Senate Republicans to protect property taxpayers by moving bills they sponsor addressing the absurd six-figure sick leave payouts that some local government employees receive when they retire were blocked by Senate Democrats during today’s session of the New Jersey Senate.

Senate Democrats tabled an effort to bring S-194 up for a vote. (SenateNJ.com)

Motions were made by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) on S-194, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) on S-572, and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) on S-2140 to bring the bills to the floor of the Senate for consideration. Senate Democrats blocked each of those efforts.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Democrats Again Block Vote on Beck’s Pension Forfeiture Bill

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Also Block Vote on Beck’s Sick Leave Reform Bill

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued her efforts to end the New Jersey Senate’s inaction on issues of importance to the people of New Jersey.

In a party-line vote, and for the second Senate session in a row, New Jersey Senate Democrats blocked a vote of Sen. Jennifer Beck’s bill to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials. (SenateNJ.com)

Beck’s attempts to force full Senate votes on bills she sponsors to forfeit the pensions of corrupt public officials (S-1557) and limit payouts for accumulated public employee sick leave (S-2140) were blocked by Senate Democrats.

“For the past two Senate sessions, I’ve attempted to bring up for a vote my bill to forfeit the taxpayer-funded pensions of public officials convicted of corruption,” said Beck. “For the second session in a row, Senate Democrats have blocked a vote on my bill, essentially expressing their support for continued pension payments to corrupt individuals who have violated the public trust. It’s absolutely astounding.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Extension of Bipartisan Property Tax Cap Offers Hope for More Meaningful Reforms

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of bipartisan legislation to make permanent the 2-percent cap on local public employee salary increases, said the cap extension enacted by Gov. Christie offers hope for more meaningful reforms.

“I applaud my legislative colleagues and the governor for compromising to continue this important reform that has been a very effective tool for local officials to control property taxes,” Beck said. “Today’s extension of a 2-percent cap on local public employee raises is a symbol that both parties in Trenton can still work together for the benefit of all New Jerseyans.”

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