NV Double Dippers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

As lawmakers struggle with a historic budget deficit, some public employees continue to legally collect salaries and retirement checks at the same time in Nevada.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports nearly 700 state employees have
taken advantage of the state's double-dipping law since it was
passed in 2001. The law allows some retired workers on pensions to
return to state jobs where a "critical labor shortage" exists and
earn paychecks.

As of this month, 14 retired workers who were rehired before
July 2003 remain in such jobs, including senior judges, bus drivers
and special education teachers.

Nevada Department of Education officials say the law has helped
them deal with teacher-shortage problems across the state.

But critics say the program is unfair and has been abused since
its inception.

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