Charles WatsonJul 13, 2017, 12:37 pm

Legislation to pay furloughed state workers back pay passes unanimously in the Senate

Workers would be compensated for pay they lost during 3-day government shutdown

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Thousands of state workers are at least one step closer to receiving back pay they lost as result of the three-day government shut down during the budget stalemate.

Inside Senate chambers the legislation to pay furloughed state workers back pay was passed unanimously.

The passage of the bill now means state workers, many of whom are paid hourly, are inching closer to receiving pay they may have lost out on because the legislature’s failure to pass a budget by the July 1 deadline.

The legislation now needs approval of the general assembly but it appears its’ uncertain when that will happen.

Right now, it’s not clear when this back pay legislation will make it to Gov. Chris Christie's desk. One thing known for sure is that Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto will have to put it up for a vote for the legislation to have any chance of making it there.

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