Local New Jersey governments could save more than $39 million through reforms of compensation and benefit packages to municipal employees, according to a report compiled by the State Commission of Investigation.

The analysis, which the SCI released last week, indicates that local governments throughout the state spend millions on wasteful salary and benefit practices, including allowing employees to cash in unused accumulated sick, vacation, and other leave at retirement. Such practices generate six-figure, lump-sum payouts in certain municipalities.

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