The Do-Nothing Legislature's Report Card: INCOMPLETE

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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The Legislature's Record on the Critical Reforms for New Jersey's Future is INCOMPLETE





Property Tax Tool Kit

Follow-through Remains an Issue.

  • Failed to Act on 15 of 20 Measures.
  • Failed to Act on Real Civil Service Reform (CV of A3590)
  • Failed to End Abuse of Sick and Vacation Day Benefits (CV of A2220)




Health Benefits Reform

Check Math; Needs Work.

  • Governor Christie’s Reform Proposal will Save Taxpayers $323 Million in FY 2012, Providing the Resources to Double Direct Property Tax Relief.
  • Senate President Sweeney’s Plan will Only Save $21.8 Million in FY 2012. (OLS)




Pension Reform

Work Remains Behind Schedule of Late-March/End of April.

  • Governor Christie’s Reform Proposal will reduce total pension underfunding from $183 billion in 2041 without reform to $23 billion in 2041.
  • Senate President Sweeney on Passing Pension Reform:
    • “And all of us I think have said this repeatedly over time, is that when we turn in January to our work, that we are going to get pension and health benefit reform done.”
    • “In the beginning of the year … I’m looking for pension reform -- I’m looking to do pension reform. And I have every intention of seeing pension reform go forward.”
    • “I want this thing done by the middle of March. That’s my goal, to get the pension bill done. I’m working on benefit reform. I would like to get all of this stuff done, hopefully by April, the latest, with the benefit reform.”




Ethics Reform

Demonstrates Complete Disinterest in Subject Matter.

  • Failed to take up Governor Christie’s Ethics Reform Package, Introduced back in September, 2010.
  • Failed to Act to bring Accountability and Transparency to the Legislature through Increased Disclosure (CV of A2768)




Education Reform

In Year of Education Reform, Interest in Topic is Unclear

  • Failed to Act on Reform to New Jersey’s Charter Law to Attract Operators, Increase Authorizing Capacity and Provide Flexibility to Drive Innovation.
  • Failed to Act on Governor Christie’s 7-Bill Legislative Package to Reform New Jersey’s Tenure System, Create a Meaningful Evaluations System for Educators and Reward the Best Teachers.
  • Failed to Act on the Opportunity Scholarship Act.




Shadow Government Reform

Failure to Focus on Prevention of Waste and Abuse is of Great Concern

  • Failed to Act on Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Oversight and Accountability to PVSC and NJDWSC.
  • Failed to Act on Governor Christie’s Comprehensive Shadow Government Reform Legislation.




Ending Early Release

Past Due.

  • Failed to Act to End the Misguided Early Release Program in Conditional Veto of S2308




Ending COAH / Affordable Housing Reform

Well Overdue. Partial Credit Remains a Possibility.

  • Failed to Act to bring Real Affordable Housing Reform and Relief to Municipalities by withdrawing Conditional Veto of S1.




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