(Click here to see a list of retirements by agency.)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s budget director says 2,628 state employees elected to retire over the past 10 months.

That marks a significant increase from same period last year, when 957 state employees submitted their retirement paperwork.

Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, announced the figures on Tuesday. Eligible state employees had until Oct. 1 to retire before changes to pension and retiree health care benefits took effect. Those changes were part of a labor concessions agreement ratified in August.

While the number of retirements is higher than the administration had expected, but there are no plans to fill a lot of the positions. Barnes said agency heads will “figure out new and innovative ways to do more with less” as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy attempts to streamline state government.

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


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