CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia public retirees who return to government work may get more pay along with their pensions.
The state now caps annual pay at $15,000 for most retirees who become temporary public employees, if they want to continue receiving retirement benefits. The Senate Finance Committee approved a House-passed bill Thursday increasing that maximum amount to $20,000.
That's already the limit for what the Legislature pays returning retirees hired during sessions. The measure now heads to a full Senate vote.
The bill comes after legislative audits scrutinized the practice of state, county and local government agencies rehiring retirees as temporary or contract workers. A report released in September counted 35 such people who were paid $1.2 million in addition to their pensions.