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Pressure is mounting for Trenton
to reform public employee payouts

The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Linh Tat

Original Article

Posted By:Ribicon, 4/8/2014 11:42:13 AM

It’s a practice that’s unheard of these days in the private sector — carrying over days, weeks, even months of unused leave time and collecting a hefty check at retirement. Yet it’s common for public employees, who continue to cash in at taxpayers’ expense. A series of six-figure payouts that have forced towns to borrow millions of dollars have placed a renewed focus on the perk afforded to public workers for decades. As the cases have mounted, the Legislature has yet to strike a deal for statewide reform. It’s a tug of war between those who want to scrap the

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NJ residents strapped over the barrel by the traditionally corrupt government officials they elect, and by the bloated bureaucracy they demand. It´s a house of cards limited by outlandishly high taxes that are chasing away businesses and taxpaying residents alike.

Sounds like a target-rich environment for a loudmouth governor to reform; give him time, struggling taxpayers, he´s trying his best.

      


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