11 Mar: New Website To Help Public Union Rank-And-File Separate Fact From Fiction On Pension, Health Benefit Reforms

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today unveiled a new website – www.njbenefitreform.com – to cut through the politically charged rhetoric and confusion to provide fact-based information on potential reforms to public employee pension and health benefits.

“Public employees are being bombarded with conflicting and oftentimes flat-out wrong information about the pension and health benefit reform proposals that have been introduced,” said Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “This site cuts through the static and myths to provide a simple, nonpolitical side-by-side comparison. I am confident that when provided with the facts, rank-and-file public employees will come to realize that reform is essential to ensuring they actually can rely on the benefits they have been promised and deserve.”

31 Jan: Sweeney To Introduce Pension Reform Legislation To Protect Taxpayers And Employee Retirements

TRENTON – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney will later today formally introduce legislation that would reform the state pension system while protecting taxpayers and rank-and-file public workers. The changes would build upon the pension reforms enacted last spring, using the private sector as a guideline for creating a new type of pension system.

“This legislation will remove politics from the process and establish a private-sector model for the pension system,” said Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “This will be comprehensive reform that will ensure that those who benefit from the pension fund are paying their fair share without adding any additional burden to already overtaxed taxpayers in New Jersey.”