Double-Dipping or Talent Retention? A Look at HB 77.

A bill proposed for the 2015 Utah Legislature will reallow public employees to return to state employment after retirement and continue to draw  retirement check in addition to a new salary or wage, a practice that was ended by the 2010 Utah Legislature. The bill’s sponsor says it is an effort to keep talent in the hiring pool, but others see it as a return to pre-2010 double-dipping practices. Dan Liljenquist has built his political reputation on saving Utah’s pension systems during 2009 and 2010. In the wake of the housing…