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April 27, 2011
Senate Republican Budget Committee Members: “Senate Democrats Must Stop Defending Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today asked the Majority Democrats to stop defending the continuation of grotesquely large sick leave payouts to public employees:

“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.  We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

“Sadly, the Majority’s so-called “sick leave reform” legislation actually preserved payouts for future employees, and did not reduce payouts for current employees by requiring them to draw down on time already accrued.  This is reform in name only.

“Sick leave is not a windfall awarded for longevity of service. Local governments like South Brunswick have had to borrow, against future property tax revenue, hundreds of thousands or, in some cases, millions of dollars to cover these lavish benefits for those who serve the public.”

According to published reports in The Star-Ledger, South Brunswick borrowed $525,000 to pay 18 retiring employees for unused sick and vacation time.

“It is no wonder that our property taxes are the highest in the nation when Trenton Democrats call common-sense reforms like this one ‘garbage’.”

South Brunswick Borrowed $500k to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today asked the Majority Democrats to stop defending the continuation of grotesquely large sick leave payouts to public employees:

“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars. We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

“Sadly, the Majority’s so-called “sick leave reform” legislation actually preserved payouts for future employees, and did not reduce payouts for current employees by requiring them to draw down on time already accrued. This is reform in name only.

“Sick leave is not a windfall awarded for longevity of service. Local governments like South Brunswick have had to borrow, against future property tax revenue, hundreds of thousands or, in some cases, millions of dollars to cover these lavish benefits for those who serve the public.”

According to published reports in The Star-Ledger, South Brunswick borrowed $525, 000 to pay 18 retiring employees for unused sick and vacation time.

“It is no wonder that our property taxes are the highest in the nation when Trenton Democrats call common-sense reforms like this one ‘garbage’.”

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https://www.senatenj.com/index.php/bucco/senate-republican-budget-committee-members-senate-democrats-must-stop-defending-indefensible-on-sick-leave-payouts/8754