The number of state employees collecting both a salary and a pension dropped for the first time in three years, declining by 5 percent between 2011 and 2012, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported over the weekend.
The issue of the so-called “double dippers” has been a vexing one for state government as it has balanced the push for early retirements with the need to provide government services.
But as the ranks of state government shrink, so too has the number of employees collecting a salary and a pension, according to state Comptroller’s Office records.
The number of state government employees who earned a salary and a pension in 2012 fell to 2,650 from about 2,800 in 2011.
There was a slight increase in employees who collected more than $200,000 in salary and pension in 2012, growing from 57 to 63. The total cost to taxpayers for the double dippers was $183 million, down nearly $10 million from 2011.