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Gov. Corbett Puts An End To “Triple-Dipping”

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Governor Corbett has signed a bill that will put an end to so-called “triple-dipping” by retired state employees who return to state work and then collect unemployment.

Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says under state law, people who have retired from state employment are allowed to become so-called “annuitants” who continue to work for the state up to 95 days a year without losing their pension.

“Perhaps come back as a part-time employee, or a seasonal employee, etc. – annuitant status. And once they have exhausted their ability to be that annuitant, they could not obtain employment.”

Prior to a change signed into law by the governor this past week, figures supplied by the state Senate indicate that from 2010 through 2013, more than 600 retired Pennsylvania state employees collected nearly $3 million dollars in unemployment benefits while also collecting a state pension.

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