Pennsylvania House votes to end 'triple dipping' benefits

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March 20, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is trying to end so-called "triple dipping" where retirees come back to work and then leave to collect unemployment benefits.

State lawmakers voted unanimously yesterday to send the Senate a bill that would prohibit jobless benefits for people who are getting pensions but come back to work, then leave.

The bill is aimed particularly at state workers who come back from retirement for no more than 95 days. Because the state makes them leave after 95 days or lose their pension, they're currently eligible for unemployment compensation.

The prime sponsor, Juniata County state Rep. Adam Harris, says that in 2011, 239 state retirees collected more than $1.1 million in benefits after coming back to work for a few months and then retiring again.

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