Statement Regarding Veto of Community College Health Insurance Legislation

TRENTON, N.J . – Today, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association that supports and strengthens New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, released the following statement following Governor Phil Murphy’s veto of S2455, legislation that would have moved community college employees from the New Jersey School Employees Health Benefits Program back into the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program:

“We value the leadership of the State Senate and Assembly for supporting legislation that would have saved our community colleges and their employees $22 million collectively per year in health care costs. We are disappointed in Governor Murphy’s decision,” said NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D. “We commend the Governor for his strong belief in community colleges as the great equalizers for the people of New Jersey and as a critical investment in our students and our state’s future. Now more than ever, we are committed to working with the Governor and State Legislature to strengthen our state’s community colleges in order to achieve a stronger, fairer economy for the people of New Jersey.”

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