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Bill would aid state public retirees-turned-temps

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia public retirees who return to government work may get more pay along with their pensions.

The state now caps annual pay at $15,000 for most retirees who become temporary public employees, if they want to continue receiving retirement benefits. The Senate Finance Committee approved a House-passed bill Thursday increasing that maximum amount to $20,000.

That's already the limit for what the Legislature pays returning retirees hired during sessions. The measure now heads to a full Senate vote. The bill comes after legislative audits scrutinized the practice of state, county and local government agencies rehiring retirees as temporary or contract workers. A report released in September counted 35 such people who were paid $1.2 million in addition to their pensions.


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