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Committee vote tomorrow on 'double dipping' ban for state employees

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The legislative committee that’s working on the new state budget will decide tomorrow whether it should ban double-dipping by public employees. The Joint Finance Committee will consider Governor Scott Walker’s plan to discourage workers from returning a short time after they retire, and then collect both a pension and a paycheck. The current law is designed to have experienced people mind the store until their replacements can get hired.

School districts are among those opposing Walker’s measure, saying it would be harder to fill jobs with the highest needs.

The subject became a bone-of-contention in 2011, after a U-W Green Bay official joined others in retiring out of fear that Walker would reduce his pension – only to return to the same job later in a pre-arranged deal with his bosses. Under the budget measure, retirees would have to wait 75 days to return to government service instead of the present 30 days. If they work more than two-thirds of a full schedule, they’d have to stop taking pension money and pay into the retirement system again.