Kyrillos Urges Assembly Passage of Arbitration Cap Extension

Kyrillos Urges Assembly Passage of Arbitration Cap Extension

Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement on the bipartisan legislation to extend the arbitration award cap.

“Once again the New Jersey Senate has proven they will stand strong to try to keep property tax increases in check,” Kyrillos said. “It is imperative that the Assembly now do the same by passing the extension of the arbitration award cap.”

“If the cap on police and fire contracts expires, it will weaken municipalities’ ability to keep property tax increases in check and will result in bargaining units being severely pitted against one another,” said Kyrillos. “If the police and fire unions do better, what happens to other municipal unions and their interests? If this cap is not in place, how can we expect our municipalities to comply with the overall two percent property tax cap?”

The Senate passed the Governor’s conditional veto of the original bill, S1869. The Governor Christie’s amended version keeps the cap through Dec. 31, 2017, and clarifies that public employees will be able to negotiate another agreement with a 2-percent hard cap.

“The Assembly proposal increases the cap, cuts into healthcare savings and will raise property taxes in most communities,” Kyrillos added. The Assembly must join us in supporting this amended version to continue the dramatically decreased property tax growth over the last four years, a period with the slowest rate of increase in 20 years.”

Senator Kyrillos also urges the passage of legislation that he co-sponsors (S1913) to make permanent the 2-percent cap on arbitration awards. He was a co-prime sponsor of the original bipartisan legislation that created that 2-percent cap.

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