NEW BRUNSWICK – With only five days left for the legislature to act on reform of sick and vacation day benefits, Gov. Chris Christie today visited the home of Frank and Joan Deiner, lifelong residents of New Brunswick, to discuss his “Zero Means Zero” proposal.
Under current rules, many public workers are able to accumulate unused sick days and vacation days from year-to-year and collect cash payouts for any time remaining when they retire. These lump-sum payouts can wreck municipal budgets, forcing local governments to borrow money to cover the costs of what is due to retiring workers.
Christie wants to eliminate cash value for unused sick days moving forward and limit workers’ ability to carry unused vacation days to one year only. The Democrat-controlled Legislature had proposed a plan to cap sick day payouts, but Christie vetoed it.
“If the Legislature is serious about delivering property tax relief and helping towns manage their budgets under the cap, they will end the delays, make this reform a priority and pass real reform before they close business on the 215th Legislative Session,” Christie said.
Last month, a bipartisan group of 234 mayors joined Christie’s call for the legislature to end its delays and pass real sick and vacation pay reform.
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