The New Jersey state Senate on Monday approved the bill, which will raise pension and health benefit expenses for more than 500,000 state workers. Meanwhile, in Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign today a measure to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system.
The Associated Press: NJ Senate Sends Benefits Reform Bill To Governor
The New Jersey Senate has given final approval to a bill raising pension and health benefits costs to the state's more than 500,000 government workers. The Senate voted Monday to knock out a provision of the bill that would have restricted access to out-of-state health care. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has scheduled a bill signing Tuesday. Christie has said the reforms should serve as a model for other states that are grappling with underfunded public worker pension programs (Delli Santi, 6/27).
Chicago Tribune: Quinn To Sign Workers' Comp Overhaul Today
Gov. Pat Quinn today will sign into law an overhaul of the state's workers' compensation system, a move that will slash medical rates, set new standards in determining a worker's disability and put in place more safeguards to prevent abuse (Garcia, 6/28).