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New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s announced presidential campaign:“Running New Jersey is a full-time job, and New Jersey residents deserve a full-time governor.
“We face big problems in this state. Our credit rating is a disaster. Our unemployment rate is high. Our economic growth is slow. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our pensions are in crisis. Our schools are underfunded. And now our governor has abandoned the job he has to campaign for the job he really wants.Read
Created on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
By large margins, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed a concurrent resolution today urging Gov. Christie to make the state’s FY2016 pension payment early, which would allow the fund to earn interest on the payment throughout the year.Read
Created on Monday, June 29, 2015
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement following Gov. Christie’s press conference at which he announced deep cuts to the pension funding passed yesterday by the Legislature: “Gov. Christie’s irresponsible veto of much-needed pension funding is a continuing insult to public employees and all taxpayers as he departs the state to pursue his political ambitions. His pandering to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire leaves New Jersey with a growing pension obligation that must now be paid, with interest, by New Jersey’s taxpayers.
Created on Friday, June 26, 2015
The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly today passed, on party-line votes, a budget that provides a record $3.1 billion pension payment. That amount represents the full payment due under Ch. 78 for the upcoming fiscal year. Both houses also passed legislation requiring pension payments to be made quarterly, rather than only at the end of the fiscal year. A small number of Republicans broke ranks to support that common-sense improvement to New Jersey’s pension funding practice.Read
Created on Thursday, June 25, 2015
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement following the Legislature’s adoption of a budget that fully funds New Jersey’s pension system in accordance with Ch. 78, the 2011 pension funding law that Gov. Christie has failed to uphold: "“The Legislature did the right thing today by passing a budget that meets New Jersey’s obligations instead of passing the buck to future generations."Read
NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer addressed a packed Statehouse press conference today, joined by leaders of other New Jersey public employee unions, as well as Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. He called for legislators to pass and the governor to sign a budget that fully meets New Jersey’s pension funding obligation in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.Read
Hundreds of NJEA members and staff from around New Jersey descended upon the Statehouse today to urge legislators to pass a budget that includes the 5/7th pension payment as promised in the 2011 Chapter 78 law. Fueled by the NJ Supreme Court’s decision to not force Gov. Christie to abide by his own pension reform plan, NJEA members shattered Lobby Day attendance records to ensure their voices would be heard.Read
After months of legal and legislative maneuvering, next year's pension payment was voted on by both the Senate and the Assembly budget committees earlier today. The $35.3 billion budget they approved includes $3.1 billion for pensions. Those budget bills will go to the full Senate and Assembly on Thursday.
Created on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
A hot, hazy weekend in June didn’t deter educational support professional (ESP) members from coming together to brainstorm ways to connect their colleagues throughout New Jersey and define the role of an ESP.Read
Created on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement in response to Governor Christie’s comments from Iowa that unions “need to get realistic” about pension funding: “By all means, governor, let’s get realistic. “Here’s the reality: you signed a law promising to fund our pensions, and you broke it. Here’s another reality: the Supreme Court acknowledged our members’ non-forfeitable right to their pensions. They simply let you off the hook for fully funding our pensions on a constitutional technicality."Read
Created on Friday, June 12, 2015
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