Pennsylvania House offers early retirement incentive

Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House of Representatives is trying to save money by offering employees an early retirement incentive.

Workers must have been with the House for at least five years and be willing to leave by Oct. 22.

The volunteer program will pay employees $1,000 for every year they’ve worked, up to 25 years.

Nearly 1,500 people work for the House across the state.

“You have to understand, it’s not just the salary, it’s the benefits package along with the retirement costs that we have as the employer that we’re going to be saving on this,” chief clerk David Reddecliff said.

Neither the Republican or Democratic caucuses have a goal for how many workers they would like to see take advantage of the program.

The deadline to participate is Aug. 30. Employees who take part can’t work for the House again for at least 10 years.

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