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NJ lawmakers to vote on arbitration cap

Local News | Mar 27, 2014

NJ lawmakers to vote on arbitration cap

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would extend a cap on arbitrator-awarded pay increases for police and firefighter unions before it expires next week.

The Democrat-sponsored bill would also raise the limit to 3 percent instead of 2 percent in cases where it can be shown that higher health premiums or job reductions on the forces have saved taxpayers money.

Republicans say the bill would undermine the intent of the original 2010 law, which is credited with helping slow the growth of local property taxes in New Jersey.

Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the matter Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Chris Christie has not said whether he will sign the measure.