The Democrats will need to persuade the Senate’s Republican majority that the proposals will work if they are to become law. The jobs bill is being introduced with just nine days left in the scheduled legislative session.
A bill co-sponsored by Republicans and Democrats would spread the $300 per employee tax increase over several years rather than require full payment starting in July. It would reduce this year’s tax increase to $130 per employee.
The lawsuits stem from hospital care where patients were referred to in-network hospitals but received care from out-of-network physicians. The doctors don’t have contracts and set their own fees.
Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee chairman Herb Conway said the bill was a “recipe for disaster.” The Burlington County Democrat, who also is a physician, said it could lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases.
Health teachers in public schools would be required to give age-appropriate instruction.
The Democrats said Governor Chris Christie’s plan to use the toll money to fund other highway, rail and bridge projects is “disingenuous.”
Spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said that since June 1, MasterCard users have been billed as if they were taking cash advances.
Gov. David Paterson has signed a bill that makes New York the 50th state to enact some version of no-fault divorce.
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