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Hudson County Central Labor Council President Barry Kushnir. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Unions back Murphy borrowing referendum

By David Wildstein, May 30 2020 6:00 pm

Legislation supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow $9 billion to meet a budget shortfall created by the coronavirus pandemic continues to add support from labor groups, picking up endorsements from the Hudson County Central Labor Council, the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey and the State Troopers Fraternal Association.

“The 15,000 men and women of our labor federation agree that the state legislature must take action to provide assistance for working people. The New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Act is a responsible approach during unprecedented time,” said Barry Kushnir, the Hudson CLC president.  “I applaud Speaker Coughlin for his leadership and respectfully request Senate President Sweeney to enact similar legislation in the state Senate”

Firefighters union president Steve McConlogue is lobbying legislators to approve the “New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act”

Wayne Blanchard, the president of the state troopers union, sees a significant threat to hiring state troopers in the future without available funding.

“The reality is that law enforcement agencies will face in the coming months and years is that we must continue to provide service and crime prevention, detection and apprehension to maintain public safety and law and order,” Blanchard said.

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