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GOP Leader Targets ‘Longevity Payments’

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate wants to end the practice of providing special payments to veteran state employees.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney says more than 30,000 state workers, both unionized and non-unionized, on Friday will receive one of two longevity payments. The second is made on Oct. 1.

McKinney says it costs the government $40 million a year to make these special payments to workers who’ve been on the job for 10 years or longer. The amounts increase after an employee hits their 15th, 20th and 25th anniversaries with the state.

McKinney says Connecticut can no longer afford to make these payments, which are separate from cost-of-living adjustments.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, has already cut the payments for some of his staff members.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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