Gov. Christie wanted bail reform, elimination of payouts for public workers’ unused sick days, and an end to seniority rules that make young teachers the most vulnerable to layoffs.
The Democrats’ wish list included raising the minimum wage, fully restoring a tax credit to the working poor, and creating a penalty to be levied on towns that won’t share municipal services.
Neither side has accomplished any of those goals, at least not yet.
The hallmark bill of the first quarter of the 2013-14 legislative session – a measure that would restructure the state’s higher-education system – was so complex and contentious that it sucked up much of lawmakers’ time and delayed other initiatives.
NJPP president Gordon MacInnes says the fact that legislation to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage has stalled out in the Senate is a disappointment.
“That affects about half a million workers in New Jersey,” he says. “It’s too bad, because it could have started helping those workers who work at such meager wages.”
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