Senate Votes on Pension & Health Benefits Reform Bill
June 20, 2011 4 Comments
By Michael Aron
The Democrat-controlled state senate in a 24 to 15 vote approved sharply higher benefits contributions and stripped health care from union negotiations for four years. An amendment offered on the senate floor to address the latest objection to the bill, the requirement that public employees get their health care in New Jersey, not out-of-state, was made optional. Senator Diane Allen, who sponsored the amendment, called it the better of two not-so-great options.