A cap on police and fire salary increases in interest arbitration cases will expire at the end of the year unless it is renewed by the Legislature and governor. The New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which represents all 565 of the state’s municipalities, argues that if the cap isn’t renewed, it will put further upward pressure on the state’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes and force reductions in municipal services. The state Policemen’s Benovolent Association argues that the cap isn’t necessary and that contract settlements should be negotiated between towns and local unions, not bound by an arbitrary cap. State PBA president Pat Colligan and League executive director Michael Darcy offered their differing perspectives on the cap in a Q&A

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EDISON – New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan today released the following statement on Governor Christie’s proposal in his Budget Address to dedicate lottery funds to help fund the state’s pension obligation:

“Governor Christie’s proposal today is a good first step for our members.  We recognize that the Budget Address is a launching point for negotiation between the Governor and the Legislature, but we believe the dedication of lottery funds to help meet the State’s pension funding obligation is a start.  We look forward to the state fulfilling its long-standing obligation to fund the PFRS and providing our 33,000 members the pensions they have earned.”

This is a must read! Phil Murphy is certainly beyond qualified to comment on this issue and offer some expert advice to our NJ Division of Pension Investment Managers. 

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President Colligan discusses the  pension ruling and the future plans of the State PBA regarding PFRS on NJTV'S "On the Record"

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As PBA members are aware, the State PBA successfully lobbied for a law in 2000 to create parity in certain pension benefits with the State Police Retirement System, including permission for a member to retire at 20 years of service with a 50% benefit (20 and out). The law was implemented without question until a recent State AG/Division of Pensions change in interpretation severely limited access to the law for anyone hired after January 2000.
The State PBA, through our PFRS Trustees, have been debating this change of interpretation with the Division. But the State PBA, as the group that drafted the original language the law is based on, has taken the dispute back to the Legislature.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7), who was prime sponsor of the original law containing 20 and out language, recently joined the State PBA in expressing opposition to State's change in implementation of the law. As such, she has written the attached letter to the Division opposing their incorrect analysis of the law.
The State PBA is grateful to Senator Allen for standing behind a law we worked hard with her to pass so many years ago. The State PBA will update members when we receive an update on our efforts here.

View Senator Diane Allen (R-7) Letter To Division Here

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