Budget panel votes to clamp down on retirees

Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 --- 1:36 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Government workers who are collecting retirement benefits would have to wait longer before getting rehired under a proposal approved by the Legislature's budget committee.

The proposal approved Tuesday would require teachers, university professors and other public workers to be retired at least 75 days before they could be rehired. The current minimum is 30 days.

The provision put forward by Gov. Scott Walker would also disallow anyone who is re-hired from collecting their retirement benefits during the time they are employed, if they are working at least two-thirds time.

A December audit found that the University of Wisconsin System and state agencies rehired 2,783 annuitants from the beginning of 2007 through early 2012.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approved it on a partisan vote.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.

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