TRENTON — Senate President Steve Sweeney is moving forward with major proposals to slash the state’s costs for pensions and health benefits, an effort that‘s already triggered a fight with public sector unions and will likely add more tension to this year’s budget negotiations with Gov. Phil Murphy.
Sweeney has spent the past few months traveling the state, pitching proposals from his “Path to Progress” report to local officials and editorial boards and at town halls. Written by a 25-member panel of economic and fiscal policy experts, the report, released in August, includes dozens of recommendations for how to curb the cost of government in New Jersey, an issue Sweeney has championed for years.
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