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Benefits Reform Committee Calls On Governor Corzine To Expedite Contract Negotiations

TRENTON – Senator Nicholas P. Scutari and Assemblywoman Nellie Pou, the co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Committee on Public Employee Benefits Reform, wrote to Governor Corzine on behalf of the entire panel today to ask that he expedite pending contract negotiations with State employee unions to allow the committee to consider New Jersey’s contract obligations as they work to reduce the cost of State employee benefits in New Jersey.

The two legislators wrote that knowledge of the contract specifics, which would take effect next July, would allow the Committee to “best be able to execute our responsibilities” in terms of looking for cost savings in State benefits to stabilize and lower the property tax burden on New Jersey families.