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Scutari Legislation to Prohibit Retroactive Salary Increases for Elected Officials Advances

Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari, which would prohibit retroactive salary increases for all elected officials throughout the state, unanimously passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

“Elected officials should not have the capability to give themselves retroactive salary increases,” said Senator Scutari (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). “As elected officials in the legislature, we are prohibited from giving ourselves retroactive raises and bonuses. Your bonus is the pride of a job well done and serving your constituents and the people of NJ. No elected official should be able to collect back pay upon salary increases; this legislation extends this basic standard to all elected offices in the state.

“I brought forward this piece of legislation because as public officials we aim to foster a climate of accountability in government, and to prevent career politicians from increasing their bank accounts by paying themselves for work they have already been paid for,” Scutari said.

The basis for this legislations is, Linden Mayor Derek Armstead raised his salary from $73,425 to $100,000 a year; receiving a 36 percent retroactive pay raise, resulting in Armstead receiving a check for $26,575 of back pay for 11 months of work.

The bill, S-3369, would retroactively go into effect December, 1 2018.

This legislation would solely apply to elected officials, not collectively bargained public employees or other government employees.

The bill cleared committee by a vote of 5-0, and next moves to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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