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Posted on: February 27, 2024

Governor Delivers State FY 2025 Budget

On Tuesday, Governor Phil Murphy proposed a $55.9 billion State Fiscal Year 2025 budget. In his address to a joint session of the Legislature, the Governor stated that his proposed budget outlines a comprehensive plan to bolster the state's infra...

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Posted on: February 23, 2024

AOC Issues Memo on New DUI Plea Bargaining Law

The memorandum, sent to assignment judges and municipal court presiding judges, states that Guideline 4, which prohibits all plea agreements whatsoever in drunken driving or certain drug offenses, remains in effect.  

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Passing of League’s Bond Counsel Edward “Ed” McManimon

The League mourns the passing of Edward “Ed” J. McManimon III, 77, who died February 2, at his home with his family after a long illness. A longtime friend and supporter of the League, he was a recipient of the New Jersey League of Munic...

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Posted on: February 3, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 24, 2023

Alert: Assembly Appropriations Committee Scheduled to Hear Housing Bill

Late Friday afternoon, it was announced that the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 8 to consider several bills related to affordable housing including A-4.&nbs...

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

DOH ask Local Entities to Complete Survey

The DOH is requesting that county and municipal government professionals, staff, youth groups, and parent groups participate in a survey provide feedback on the redesign of DOH’s Parent Link web page. The survey must be complet...

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Hosts Needed for RevolutionNJ Temporary Art Installations

On July 4, 2026, United States of America will be celebrating its 250th anniversary. In preparation for the celebration RevolutionNJ is looking for potential hosts for temporary art installations. If y...

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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bills of Interest Signed by Governor

Governor Murphy has acted on the remaining 2022-2023 Legislative term bills on his desk. Below are some of the new laws that may impact your municipality: ? 

 

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Governor Delivers State of State Address

On Tuesday, January 9, Governor Murphy delivered the 2024 State of State Address “Making New Jersey More Affordable for More Families.” The speech noted the State’s successes and areas that need to continue work. In his...

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

New Main Street New Jersey Applications Announced

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced the opening of a new application round for Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) designations, set to begin on February 1. This initiative aims to admit qualified communities into the MSNJ program...

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Craft Brewery Bill Passes Committees

On January 3, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and Assembly Appropriations committee favorably released S-4265 and A-5912respectively. The legislation makes changes to...

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Posted on: December 22, 2023

Fire Safety Legislation Signed

P.L. 2023, c. 186, known as the “Fire Life Safety Damper & Smoker Control System Inspection Verification Act,” requires building owners to be responsible for ensuring that fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire/smoke dam...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Division Issues Guidance on CY 2024 Budget

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2023-22 providing updates on the 2024 calendar year budget process for counties and municipalities, including deadline extensions, COVID special emergencies, and capital budgets for...

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Legislative Leaders Announce Bills to Amend Fair Housing Act

Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Senate President Scutari, joined by Assemblywoman Lopez and Senator Singleton, held a joint press conference today to announce legislation to amend the Fair Housing Act (FHA). 

While bill language is not curr...

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Posted on: December 8, 2023

Stay NJ Taskforce Announced

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp have been appointed to the Stay New Jersey Task Force, which was established to implement the Stay New Jersey Property Tax Relief Program.

On Monday, December 4, Governor Murphy, Senate Presid...

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Posted on: October 13, 2023

Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Urge Congress to Oppose Local Franchise Authority Legislation

Working with our federal partner, the National League of Cities, the League urges you to reach out to your Member of Congress and oppose H.R. 3557.  

Please read NLC’s recent blog post for more information, as well as the joint letter fr...

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Posted on: September 26, 2023

Police Training Commission Adopts Licensing Rules

Last summer, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2022, c. 65, which establishes a police licensing program for all New Jersey law enforcement officers. This new law tasked the Police Training Commission (PTC) with adopting rules related to the licensing of police...

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Posted on: September 25, 2023

Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2023

Governor Names Jaquelyn Suárez as Acting DCA Commissioner

Governor Murphy has named Division of Local Government Services Director Jacquelyn Suárez as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Effective September, 18 Suárez will serve as Acting DCA Commissioner pendi...

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Posted on: September 15, 2023

Register for Mental Health First Aid Classes

The Mayor Wellness Campaign is hosting two virtual training courses for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), one for Adult Mental Health First Aid Training and the other Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. 

As part of its Mental Health Initiative, ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2023

NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Governor Murphy Names Secretary of State Way as Lt. Governor

Earlier today, Governor Murphy announced Secretary of State Tahesha L. Way is the next Lt. Governor of New Jersey.  

Lt. Governor Way was sworn in as Secretary of State on February 26, 2018. As Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Way serves as the St...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Passing of BPU President Fiordaliso

Board of Public Utilities (BPU) President Joseph L. Fiordaliso passed away suddenly on September 7. President Fiordaliso was a BPU Commissioner since 2005. As a former Mayor of Livingston, President Fiordaliso understood firsthand the issues that faced mu...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Lunch & Learn: State Planning Commission – State Plan Update

The State Planning Commission has embarked on updating the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.   Come learn about the Plan, the process involved, and how the Commission can help make this process valuable to municipal stakeholders. After an...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

State Offering Free ARP SLFRF Compliance Consulting

The Governor’s Disaster Recovery Office (GDRO) is offering municipalities free American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) compliance consulting. The GRDO is utilizing four separate consulting firms to offer ARP SLFR...

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Posted on: August 31, 2023

Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Starts Municipal Outreach Campaign

The New Jersey Department of the Treasury's Unclaimed Property Administration (UPA) announced an outreach campaign last week to reunite New Jersey's counties and municipalities with their property.

UPA will proactively contact th...

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Posted on: August 29, 2023

Reminder: Opioid Settlement Annual Reports Due September 1

Eligible subdivisions participating in the national opioid settlements are required to submit an annual report to the state Department of Human Services (DHS) by September 1.

As part of the nationwide opioid settlements, eligible New Jersey subdivisions ar...

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Posted on: August 28, 2023

Have Your Voices Heard: Send in Your Conference Resolutions

Sending in Conference Resolutions that suggest changes to improve municipal life helps build the foundation for the League Legislative team’s annual actions.

If you have a topic to improve local government and address an issue impacting local gov...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

Enforcement of Russia-Belarus Law Temporarily Suspended

A recent legal challenge has caused State officials to temporarily halt the enforcement of the law prohibiting government dealings with businesses associated with Russia and Belarus. 

On August 4, the United States District Court for the District ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

New Definition for Custom Fabrication Under Prevailing Wage Act

Acting Governor Nicholas Scutari signed into S-3776, which amends the definition of “custom fabrication” under the Prevailing Wage Act. 

The definition was amended to include “other fabrication which is one or more en...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

New Law Amends Predatory Towing Prevention Act

Acting Governor Nicholas Scutari signed into law S-3374, which concerns fees charged for certain towing and storage of motor vehicles and amends the Predatory Towing Prevention Act. 

The new law amends N.J.S.A. 56:13-16 to require towing ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

State Launches Stop Overdoses Website

The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the launch of StopOverdoses.nj.gov to assist residents in finding pharmacies offering free naloxone anonymously.  Naloxone is a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of an ...

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

League Mourns Passing of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver

New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Y. Oliver, died today. The first Black woman to serve as Speaker of the General Assembly and in State Executive Leadership, she is remembered by many for her work in Trenton and around the state.

Her famil...

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Posted on: July 28, 2023

State Health Benefits Plan Design Committee Meets

The State Health Benefits Program Design Committee (PDC) met on July 26, 2023. They focused on the issue of rising service costs, identified as the main factor for the uptick in state health benefits expenses. 

The committee passed nine resolution...

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Posted on: July 7, 2023

MWC & NJLM Launches Mental Health Grant Opportunity

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute's Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities has announced a funding opportunity for communities working to address local mental health needs. The...

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Posted on: July 7, 2023

Governor Signs 20 and Out Legislation

Governor Murphy signed S-3090/A-4498, which permits police and fire employees to retire after 20 years of service, regardless of age, with a retirement benefit of 50% of final compensation, into law on July 3, 2023. P.L. 2023, 92 took effect immediately. ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2023

Time is of the Essence, One Week to Restore Energy Tax Receipts

The League, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, and New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, continue to call for the full restoration of Energy Tax Receipts. As a result of our collective outreach, Senator Greenstein and Assemblyman DeAngelo are sponsoring ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Two Weeks to Restore Energy Tax Receipts

We are two weeks away from the deadline for the State to adopt their FY 2024 budget. Now is the time to act to get full restoration of Energy Tax Receipts included in the state budget. 

The League, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, and New Jers...

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Posted on: June 8, 2023

Ask Your Legislator to Join Energy Tax Receipt Budget Resolutions

The League, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, and New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, continue to call for the full restoration of Energy Tax Receipts. As a result of our collective outreach, Senator Greenstein and Assemblyman DeAngelo are sponsoring ...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

Governor Murphy Conditionally Vetoes A-4889

Governor Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed A-4889 this week. 

A-4889 eliminates the requirement for local government officers to disclose their property addresses, including their home address, on the Annual Financial Disclosure Statement f...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

Mayors Sign Letter Urging the Full Funding of Energy Tax Receipts

Earlier this week, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM), the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM), and the New Jersey Urban Mayor’s Association (NJUMA) issued a letter signed by 401 mayors from across the state urging the State...

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Posted on: May 15, 2023

Governor Conditionally Vetoes 20 and Out Legislation

Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed legislation (S-3090/A-4498) that would permit police and fire employees to retire after 20 years of service, regardless of age, with a retirement benefit of 50% of final compensation. The League joined the New Jersey A...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Governor Signs Deferred Compensation Plans Investments Bill

On May 8, Governor Murphy signed into law S-2423/A-3746, which permits local government deferred compensation plans to invest in collective investment trusts. The League supported this legislation that adds collective investments to the types of investmen...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Governor Murphy Signs Cybersecurity Legislation into Law

Governor Phil Murphy signed A-4836 and A-4184, cybersecurity bills into law this week.  

A-4836 requires the State Office of Emergency Management to develop a plan to address internet outages resulting from cyber-attacks...

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Posted on: April 21, 2023

NLC Urges Congress to Pass Rail Safety Legislation

Earlier this week, the National League of Cities (NLC), the League’s federal partner, hosted a webinar with Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell (WA), and Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and J.D. Vance (OH) who, in light of the train derailment and chemical s...

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Posted on: April 21, 2023

Congress Attempts to Claw Back Unobligated ARP SLFRF Funds

On Wednesday, by a vote of 47-49, the U.S. Senate failed to amend S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act. The amendments offered by Sen. Scott (FL) would redirect unobligated American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to fund ...

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Posted on: April 14, 2023

Governor Signs EO Changing State Hiring Criteria

On Monday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 327 to review current practices with the goal of expanding state job opportunities for New Jerseyans without college degrees. 

The Order directs the Civil Service Commission to identify job classif...

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Posted on: April 12, 2023

Deadline Approaching to Participate in Latest Opioid Settlement

Municipalities that choose to participate in the latest settlement with Teva, Allergan, Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS must submit their signed participation forms by April 18. New Jersey is set to receive up to $508.1 million from the latest settlements, wi...

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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Governor Murphy Signs Bill to Increase LIHWAP Participation

Governor Murphy has signed S-3333, which protects low-income households from having their water services disconnected due to unpaid bills. Water utility providers, including local authorities that have not signed up to participate in New Jerseys Low Incom...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

FY 2024 Budget Departmental Hearings Begin

Thomas Koeing, Legislative Budget and Finance Officer for the State’s Office of Legislative Services (OLS), provided a budget overview and revenue forecast. Mr. Koeing revealed that the combined state revenues for Fiscal Year 2023 and Fiscal Yea...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Deadline Approaching to Participate in Latest Opioid Settlement

Municipalities that choose to participate in the latest settlement with Teva, Allergan, Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS must submit their signed participation forms by April 18. New Jersey is set to receive up to $508.1 million from the latest settlements, wi...

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Posted on: March 31, 2023

20 and Out Legislation On Governor’s Desk

On Thursday, the full Assembly unanimously approved A-4498/S-3090, which provides police and fire a retirement allowance after 20 years of service, regardless of age. The bill is now before the Governor for his consideration. 

The League joins the...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Expansion of Prevailing Wage Requirements to PILOT Projects

The Senate Budget committee was scheduled to consider a bill expanding prevailing wage requirements to PILOT projects, however, after outreach by the League and other stakeholders, sponsor Senator Gopal held S-2798 for additional review and possible amend...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Assembly Committee to Consider 20 and Out Legislation

On Monday Assembly State and Local Government Committee will be considering A-4498, which provides police and fire personnel a retirement allowance after 20 years of service, regardless of age. The League joins the New Jersey Association of Counties in ou...

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Posted on: March 16, 2023

Right to Farm Protections Extended to Aquaculture Activities

This week, Governor Phil Murphy signed S-428 into law, amending the Right to Farm Act to specify that shellfish aquaculture activities are eligible for Right to Farm Act protections. 

To be eligible for Right to Farm protections a shellfish commer...

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Posted on: March 16, 2023

Governor Signs Legislation Permitting Alternate Deputy Registrars

This week, Governor Murphy signed A-4524/S-2709, now P.L.2023, c.22, which permits the appointment of additional alternate deputy registrars. The League supports this legislation because is especially necessary in municipalities that host hospita...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Changing Certain Primary Election Dates

On March 9 Governor Murphy signed into law S-3595/A-5177, which changes certain primary election deadlines. The new law took effect immediately. 

 The deadlines changed include the following: 

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

Reminder: SLFRF Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report Due April 30

As a reminder, the annual ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Plan (SLFRF) Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report is due on April 30. The portal will open on April 1. 

Working with the National League of Cities (NLC), the League’s fed...

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Governor Murphy Delivers FY2024 Budget Address

On February 28, Governor Murphy delivered his 2024 Fiscal Year Budget Address. The proposed budget is $53.1 billion, includes a surplus of over $10 billion, and is 5% greater than the FY2023 budget. While the budget document is not available yet, the Budg...

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

NJBPU Seeking Input on LED Streetlight Program

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has issued a Request for Comments, seeking input from interested parties regarding the conversion of existing streetlights to LED streetlights. Specifically, seeking information related to streetlight and p...

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Posted on: January 31, 2023

Pass a Resolution to Become a RevolutionNJ Community

2026 is the 250th anniversary of the United States! This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that allows New Jerseyans to create a lasting legacy. RevolutionNJ is the formal state initiative for the commemoration of the 250th and a partnership between t...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

New Law Permits Existing Police and Fire Chiefs to Serve Longer

On April 12, Governor Murphy signed into law A-2158, which took effect immediately. P.L. 2022, c. 9 permits an existing police chief or fire chief who attains the age of 65 within the next two years to continue serving as chief until the end of t...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Thank You For Attenting the 105th Annual Conference

Dear Elected and Appointed Officials:We would like to take a moment to thank you for attending the League’s 105th Annual Conference, presented virtually in 2020. When the ball dropped last New Year’s Eve, little did we know what lay ahead in 2020, and now...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

July 2019 Interest Arbitration Update

In June, mediators appointed by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) issued three interest arbitration awards. The first interest arbitration awards to be issued since the expiration of the 2% cap. Each of these awards arose out of an impasse...

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