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Tag: double dipping

July
6th

SALARIES: Don’t be angry with double-dippers

Re: “A pension and a paycheck” (TNT, 6-29).

I am amazed at the people writing about this topic in anger and even stating that the double-dippers are the equivalent to thieves. Are the people drawing pensions and salaries simultaneously ethical in doing so? Perhaps, perhaps not.

The truth is they are not doing anything illegal. They earned their pension through their years of state service. Their employers rehired them in lieu of funding job searches and retraining costs.

The only people who should be upset by this are those who could have been hired to take the job vacated by

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July
2nd

SALARIES: Double-dipping is the same as theft

Regarding the university professors who are collecting their pensions and apparently horrendously high salaries at the same time (TNT, 6-29):

I would like to ask the vice president for business and finance at Washington State University: “How long can any government entity sustain paying individuals what amounts to two salaries”?

Or: “How many cans of pop have to be taxed to cover this theft?”

In addition, are there any ethics professors among the other 30 or so professors who are double-dipping? For them: “Is this theft morally right when other citizens can’t get basic assistance?”

These double-dippers are literally taking

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July
2nd

SALARIES: Where’s loophole for the rest of us?

Re: “A pension and a paycheck” (TNT, 6-29).

It is not just higher education where this double-dipping is taking place. There was a superintendent in the Bremerton School District who retired at a pension of $72,000 per year. She was rehired as interim superintendent at her salary of $122,00 while a search was on to replace her. The people of Kitsap County were not happy with this.

A few months later, Gov. Chris Gregoire hired her as head of the Department of Early Learning. Her starting salary was $172,000 plus benefits, $50,000 more than she was making as superintendent in

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July
1st

DOUBLE-DIPPING: Law needs simple change

After retiring from public school district work in Arizona three years ago, I was selected to return to a position with the state of Arizona. Because that state-level position was also a part of the same retirement system, state law required that I suspend my pension. While working in that position, my service did accrue retirement “credits,” thus affecting the pension I eventually received after leaving the job in 2009.

What would prevent Washington state from enacting a similar law? The politics of power? Right! Never mind.