Tuesday's USA Today offered the debate over "double dipping". In the opinion section the two headlines read, "Public Sector 'retirees' draw a Pension- and a Paycheck" with the opposing viewpoint entitled, "Return-to-work is win-win".
Many states (including Utah, according to yesterday's Trib article) are looking at the ability of public sector workers, police, teachers and others, retiring at an earlier age (50-55) and going back to work, receiving their full state retirement and a full pay check. In Utah we have the restriction of six months before going back full-time. Many of our teacher retirees come back half-time and then move into full-time after the six months is up.
The teacher shortage has influenced the discussion about eliminating the six month restriction. Stay tuned for this debate to light up, especially in these tough economic times.