Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Wednesday asked the Democrats to stop defending the continuation of large sick-leave payouts to public employees.
“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars,” they said in a joint release. “We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”
The GOP committee members include Steve Oroho, Kevin O’Toole, Joseph Pennacchio, Michael Doherty, and Anthony Bucco.
According to published reports, South Brunswick borrowed $525,000 to pay 18 retiring employees for unused sick and vacation time.
“Local governments like South Brunswick have had to borrow, against future property tax revenue, hundreds of thousands or, in some cases, millions of dollars to cover these lavish benefits for those who serve the public,” the senators said in a joint release.
One of the unacted-upon tool-kit bills proposed by Gov. Chris Christie and the GOP is one that would limit huge payouts for unused sick-leave time.