Monday, April 11, 2011
Double dipping TDCJ retirees may be a thing of the past if Ledge has it's way
More than six-thousand state of Texas employees are Double Dipping. It's when a person retires, collects a pension, gets hired back and collects salary. This is costing residents $400 million a year said KRGV , a TV station in the Rio Grand Valley. A bill is pending right now in the state legislature that would ban double dipping in Texas. Under the bill, if a retiree comes back to work for the state they would not be able to continue collecting a pension at the same time. Taxpayers could save $135 million if the legislature passes the bill putting to an end to double dipping stated KRGV.
Is it really smart to ban retirees from hiring back on with the agency ? Training an incoming new Officer costs TDCJ thousands of dollars each to train. And most new hires quit within the first year reports state. Seems like experience would win over new, fresh off the street Officers who seldom last a year. The Texas Department of Public Safety is also affected by retiree hiring practices and could lose out on these experienced employees as well. These staff members have given years of dedicated service to the state of Texas and have earned the right to return to duty. Upon retiring, if they return within a specified length of time, they do not go back through Officer training. Saving the taxpayers that money.