May 20, 2010
League of Municipalities Applauds Judge Feinberg’s Decision in PBA et. al. v. State of New Jersey
The League of Municipalities applauds Judge Feinberg’s decision today in PBA et. al. v. State of New Jersey. Several different police and fire unions had sought an injunction to prevent the recent pension and benefits reforms from going into effect tomorrow. Specifically, they sought to prevent state and local governments from collecting the 1.5% mandated in the new laws to help defray health care costs.
Today Judge Feinberg announced that she would not grant the injunction, and that the reforms will go ahead as scheduled. She also stated she would issue a more detailed written opinion tomorrow.
“We are pleased and delighted at this decision,” said League Executive Director Bill Dressel. “We have been calling for pension and benefit reforms for some time. The required 1.5% contribution will go a long way towards helping local governments keep costs under control and keep taxes down. In fact, the League submitted a letter to Judge Feinberg supporting the State’s arguments. We think Judge Feinberg came to the right conclusion.”
Mr. Dressel continued: “Special mention should go to the Attorney General’s office and their Deputy Attorneys General who handled this case. They did an excellent job in a short amount of time. We look forward to working with Governor Christie going forward to ensure the long term health of the pension and benefit systems.”
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For further information contact: William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director at (609)695-3481, extension 122 or 609-915-9072.