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More State Workers Than Expected Opt For Retirement

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(Courtesy Department of Social Services)

(Courtesy Department of Social Services)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the administration will soon start filling vacant jobs because more state employees than expected are taking retirement.

Malloy said Friday that his budget director is meeting with commissioners to come up with a way to decide which positions to refill. Most vacancies have been created since February, when large numbers began retiring.

Malloy couldn’t estimate how many people might be hired and which agencies would be affected. The state police commissioner, for instance, has said he wants to re-hire 56 laid-off state troopers.

Eligible state employees had until 5 p.m. Friday to file retirement paperwork. Under a new labor concessions deal, starting Saturday employees will have to work longer to reach retirement and pay a higher penalty to retire early.

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

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