Clamping down on double dipping before committee

Proposal would disallow anyone re-hired from collecting retirement benefits
Clamping down on double dipping before committee

A proposal clamping down on government workers who are collecting retirement benefits but then get rehired for their old jobs is before the Legislature’s budget committee.

The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal on Tuesday.

The proposal would require teachers, university professors and other public workers to be retired at least 75 days before they could be rehired. The current minimum is 30 days.

The proposal would also disallow anyone who is re-hired from collecting their retirement benefits during the time they are employed, if they are working at least two-thirds time.

A December audit found that the University of Wisconsin System and state agencies rehired 2,783 annuitants from the beginning of 2007 through early 2012.