Thousands of Public Retirees Returned to Work

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team is reporting more than 3,000 public sector retirees returned to work for a public employer last year while drawing pensions from their old jobs.

The team reported Thursday state Department of Employee Trust Funds data show 3,025 Wisconsin Retirement System retirees returned to work in 2013.

The state began tracking retiree rehires after provisions in the current state budget required WRS retirees who go back to work for a public employer to stop collecting a pension and resume paying into the system if the job is two-thirds time or more.

A DETF spokesman said no retirees halted their pension to return to work full-time from July 2013, when the new law took effect, and Jan. 31 of this year.


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