(TRENTON) – The Assembly Appropriations Committee unanimously approved legislation (A-20) Friday designed to provide much-needed Chapter 78 relief for public education employees in New Jersey. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex), the bill’s sponsor, issued the following statement:
“Public education employees are essential to New Jersey and we value their contributions. This legislation will restore fairness to Chapter 78 health benefit contributions and provide needed relief to New Jersey taxpayers.
“After months of work with Senate President Sweeney, the NJEA and the Governor’s Office—I am pleased to move this bill forward.
“By providing new, more affordable health plan options and including a guaranteed floor of savings, this bill is a win-win.”