The following people are complete sell-outs to middle-class professionals working in the public sector:
- Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May)
- Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) - who is also pushing an odious tenure elimination bill
- Brian Stack (D-Hudson)
- James Beach (D-Camden)
There are also some heroes:
I'll be dismantling the bill over the next few days, but let's start with the obvious: this bill does nothing - NOTHING - to rein in exploding health care cost inflation. It does nothing to address pension underfunding by the state.Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo, Daniel Benson, Patrick Diegnan, Reed Gusciora, Vincent Prieto and Connie Wagner, and state Sen. Ray Lesniak, blasted the legislation and said the changes being proposed should be negotiated, not legislated.
"There's a lot of sheep inside, and the lions are out here fighting," Gusciora said as lawmakers inside the Statehouse took up the bill, designed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, at a Senate budget committee hearing.
"I am a real Democrat -- I will defend collective bargaining," Wagner said.Lesniak said he will introduce legislation reviving a millionaires tax, which would raise the marginal tax rate for people earning more than $1 million, on Monday. Gusciora and Wagner quickly jumped onboard with that proposal.
All it does is ask public workers to pay for the failure of a bought and paid for legislature to deal with serious problems that THEY created.
No one should support this bill until:
- It explains how it will contain health care costs.
- It gives a plan for the state and locals to make up for years of missing payments into the pensions.