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Pa. Senate votes to end 'triple-dipping'

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The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation to end so-called "triple dipping" by retired state workers.

Senate Bill 297, sponsored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York), would prevent retirees from receiving unemployment compensation for leaving a temporary job in order to remain eligible for pension, retirement or annuity benefits.

Retired state employees who are hired back as annuitants can work a maximum of 95 days for the state each calendar year, and are able to collect unemployment on top of their retirement and the additional salary for the temporary work.

Vance said in the past three years, 638 state annuitants collected $2.77 million in unemployment benefits.

The legislation now goes to the House, where similar legislation has been approved twice during the past year.

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