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Pennsylvania Outlaws 'Triple-Dipping' by State Retirees

October 24, 2013

It took barely 24 hours for Gov. Tom Corbett to put pen to paper and sign into law a bill sent to him on Wednesday that bars state government retirees who return to commonwealth service for a temporary assignment from collecting jobless benefits.

The Senate and House both voted unanimously this week to ban this "triple-dipping" practice that allows the retirees to collect their pension, salary and then unemployment compensation.

This law is estimated will save the state $1 million annually.

The state Department of Labor & Industry reports 459 retired employees cashed in on more than $2 million in jobless benefits in 2010 and 2011 after completing their temporary assignments that brought them back into state service.

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