The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting some state workers have been raking in overtime pay. In at least one case, a worker earned enough overtime pay to double her yearly salary. What’s worse, eight of the twenty top-paid correctional officers in 2006 called in sick for a shift and then worked the immediate next shift at least once, earning eight hours of regular pay for the time they were off and eight hours of time-and-a-half pay for the shifts they worked. That smacks of sick leave abuse to me, but then again, I don’t know all the details.
Now here’s the problem as I see it with the current overtime situation: if the state hires more workers to cut overtime costs, some conservatives will undoubtedly will scream about the fact that more workers were hired – thus increasing the size of government – but conversely, if the state doesn’t hire more workers, thus reducing overtime costs, then conservatives will complain about all the money being spent on overtime costs.
Seems to me like a no-win situation.