Minnesota lawmakers float ending state worker payouts

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Jan 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are floating the idea of eliminating payouts to retiring state workers for unused sick and vacation time.

The Subcommittee on Employee Relations, which is responsible for approving state employee contracts, held a hearing on the issue Thursday. Several members are concerned about whether the payments are needed to achieve competitive compensation packages.

But Laura King, MnSCU vice chancellor for finance and facilities, told legislators it's crucial to look at the entire compensation package - not just a small portion.

Committee chair Sen. Mike Parry tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the long-term intent is to look at compensation issues for all state employees.

The hearing follows reports by the Pioneer Press and KSTP-TV about millions of dollars in unused sick and vacation time paid to state workers.

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