APNewsBreak: Pa. paid 258 aides $4.2M to quit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Records from the Pennsylvania Legislature show that lawmakers paid 258 employees more than $4.2 million to retire or quit over the past two years.

The buyouts averaged $16,000. Many of them gave people with decades of service an extra incentive to leave and begin collecting substantial pensions.

The idea behind the buyouts is to save payroll costs over time. The Senate’s number of employees has fallen from 902 when the program was offered to 819 as of last month.

In the Senate, payouts were capped at $40,000. In the House, employees could collect up to $25,000.

The Associated Press obtained the information about the buyout programs under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s