MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Republicans were not able to stop more than three-thousand public workers from getting both pensions and paychecks in the last half of 2013.
Gannett Wisconsin Media found that 3,025 retirees from state and local governments and public schools went back on the public payroll from July through December.
As part of the current state budget, the Republican majority prohibited retirees from working over 27 hours a week for a tax-funded employer without losing their pensions.
Sixty-percent of the retirees had been school teachers -- many of whom bolted in 2011, fearing that Governor Scott Walker would take away their pensions. He didn't -- and those who quit slowly started going back to other public jobs.
Gannett, which runs ten Wisconsin daily newspapers, found that the UW took back the most public retirees with 345. Various state agencies took over 330.
It became a hot-button issue in 2011 when UW-Green Bay pre-arranged a vice chancellor to return, after he retired in protest of Walker's public union bargaining limits.
Employers say it's cheaper to hire public retirees because they bring experience without having to pay into the pension system. Critics call it double-dipping.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)