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Senator Jennifer Beck Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11)
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October 16, 2017
Beck: Property Taxpayers on Hook for $453K Sick Leave Payout While Dems Continue to Block Reform

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) repeated her calls for legislative Democrats to allow sick leave reforms to advance following reports that property taxpayers will be on the hook for yet another six-figure payout of more than $453,000 to Newark’s retired Police Chief.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called for Democrats to allow sick leave reforms to advance following news that property taxpayers will┬ápay for yet another six-figure payout of more than $453,000 to Newark’s retired police chief. (SenateNJ.com)

“Month after month, year after year, we continue to read stories of retiring public employees taking home obscene six-figure checks for unused time at property taxpayer expense,” said Beck. “Meanwhile, the Democrats who control the Legislature continue to block every attempt at reasonable reform. We’ll eventually shame them into ending this indefensible practice, the only question is how many millions more taxpayers will have to pay before Democrats will feel enough public outrage to allow votes on our sick leave reform legislation.”

Beck sponsors S-2947, which would limit payouts at retirement to $10,000 for accumulated unused sick leave for all public employees, and limit the carrying forward of vacation leave for one year only.

According to a report by NJ Spotlight, the total accumulated liability of towns, counties, and school districts for unused sick and vacation time is nearly $1.9 billion.

Beck, along with Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset), have made repeated attempts to advance sick leave reforms.

In March, they wrote letters to Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) urging action on any of the fifteen different sick leave reform bills that have been introduced by members of both parties.

Their attempts to force Senate votes on sick leave reform bills they sponsor were blocked by Democrats on February 13th, March 13th, and June 22nd.

In that same period, additional payouts of $512,620 to the retiring Jersey City Police Chief and $127,000 to the retiring Asbury Park Acting Police Chief were reported.

“Half-a-million dollars can fill classrooms with teachers, repave roads, or reduce property tax bills,” added Beck. “Instead, Democrats are fighting to protect six-figure retirement checks and getting nothing in return for property taxpayers. They should be ashamed.”

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