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Sick leave and unused vacation time targeted in Trenton

Sick leave and unused vacation time targeted in Trenton

Sen. Sarlo's proposal aimed at ending expensive abuses by public employees

A proposal to limit the unused sick-leave payouts and vacation carry-over for all New Jersey public employees was approved by the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Monday.

The bill is described as a key component of the legislative Democrats' version of the so-called "tool kit" for local officials to use to live within the means of the state's new 2 percent property tax cap.

Over the years, New Jersey public and school officials have used sick and vacation day payouts when they retire or change jobs to reap thousands of dollars for themselves, much of it questionable.

"One of the fastest growing fiscal concerns for towns is the enormous payouts that need to be given to some retiring employees for unused sick and vacation time," Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), the sponsor, said. "Left unchecked, these bonuses can easily match the salary of a full-time employee, if not more. If towns are to be able to remain viable under the new property tax cap, these reforms are sorely needed."

 

Justice delayed in case of Marlin, the Middletown puppy dragged by car because of muddy paws

Justice delayed in case of Marlin, the Middletown puppy dragged by car because of muddy paws
BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The animal abuse case of Marlin — the puppy with muddy paws who was dragged outside a car late last month in Middletown — isn't over yet. At her scheduled court appe...

Christie signs bill to ease N.J. special education costs for school districts

Christie signs bill to ease N.J. special education costs for school districts

Assemblywoman Wagner's proposal has state picking up the tab

A bill designed to shield public school districts from having to assume the $1,300 cost of evaluation services for an out-of-state special e...

NJ Transit changing bus lines in Morris County

NJ Transit changing bus lines in Morris County

Will take effect on Oct. 4

NJ Transit has announced a major reconfiguration of bus lines in Morris County will take effect on Monday, Oct. 4.

The agency is changing four local bus routes, which currentl...

Sept. 11, 2001 remembered in New Jersey

Sept. 11, 2001 remembered in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The day began with news reports that seemed unbelievable. Then came the realization that what was happening was very real. We sat and watched television, too numb to mo...

Buono denies N.J. education officials' second request for more time to produce Race to the Top records

Buono denies N.J. education officials' second request for more time to produce Race to the Top records

Senator blasts department for lack of transparency

State Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) Friday denied a request from state Department of Education officials seeking an additional fo...

Christie eliminates 60 inactive state boards and commissions

Christie eliminates 60 inactive state boards and commissions
BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

As of Friday, the Delaware Bay Weakfish Commission, the New Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Apparel Procurement Board, the Invasive Species Co...

Even at height of summer season, gamblers stay away from Atlantic City

Even at height of summer season, gamblers stay away from Atlantic City

Gambling revenue down 11.3% in August when compared to '09

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Atlantic City's 11 casinos sustained an 11.3 percent revenue loss in August – the height of the summer s...

N.J. Assembly panels to examine effects of state budget cuts on New Jerseyans

N.J. Assembly panels to examine effects of state budget cuts on New Jerseyans

The impact of 2010-11 state budget cuts on consumers, businesses, families, disabled children, college students and job creation will be examined by Assembly committees on Monday.

"New Jerseyans contin...

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