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Many Government Retirees Simultaneously Collect Paychecks And Pensions: Report

By DANNY ROBBINS, TAMMY WEBBER and PETER JACKSON   10/ 1/11 01:16 PM ET   AP

State Workers

DALLAS -- Double-dipping – the well-established practice of public workers collecting government pensions and salaries at the same time – has become a hot topic for lawmakers struggling with strained budgets.

Even as some states have begun curbing the practice, a review by The Associated Press found tens of thousands of state and public school employees drawing government salaries along with their pensions. In five states alone – California, New York, Texas, Florida and Michigan – at least 66,000 government retirees also receive taxpayer-funded paychecks.

One is engineer Maury Roos, who retired from the California Department of Water Resources with an annual pension of more than $113,000. He returned part-time within weeks.

Roos says he uses the extra money to go to engineering conferences and the state gets an experienced engineer.

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