Murphy’s romance with public workers could spell his doom on budget | Moran

Hundreds of public workers in matching red t-shirts jammed into a packed auditorium in Union County Wednesday night to tell Senate President Steve Sweeney exactly what he can do with his plan to cut their health and pension benefits.

“I was walking into an ambush, and I knew it,” Sweeney says. “I went into the lion’s den to have a discussion. We didn’t waver, and people weren’t happy. But we did have an honest dialogue.”

It was the lion’s den because it was the home turf for Sen. Joe Cryan, a leading liberal who had just drafted a dream bill for the public workers, one that would cut their health-care costs by shifting more of the burden to taxpayers. For some public workers, health costs would drop by more than half under Cryan’s bill.

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