How can Maine state government operate more efficiently?

Stop double-dipping on pensions.

Some government employees retire and start collecting pensions. They then return to work and get paid in addition to receiving their pension. In private industry, the pension is abated while the person is re-employed and the the pension is re-started once they retire again.

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      • MaxMax commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is not a good idea. Anyone collecting Social Security Retirement Benefits is allowed to work and make up to a certain amount. What should be different for State Employees who do NOT get Social Security anyway. This is a free country and the people that work in State Gov't. should be rewarded for spending years in PUBLIC SERVICE.

      • robert bartonrobert barton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At this time, what you are proposing is exactly what happens. The alleged "double dipping" actually saves money. The state no longer pays the state share into the retirement system that they would pay for a non-retired state employee. The employee who returns does not increase their retirement income. The state no longer covers their health insurance and the state gets an experienced, well trained worker. If a state employee retires and goes to work for a private agency the state pays their regular retirement benefits and a private employer benefits from their years of experience and skill. There is no savings in your plan.

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