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Oct 16, 2011 2:48 PM by Trovette Tottress

Unused sick time pay for state workers targeted

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A state lawmakers is considering introducing a bill that would eliminate paying state workers for unused leave and sick time, which could mean a savings of about $367 million.

State workers want the benefit to remain as it is, saying it's one of the few they have left. The Daily Sentinel reports  the state has
paid more than $58 million in unused leave and sick time to state workers since 2008.

Republican Rep. Laura Bradford of Collbran says she's looking into introducing a measure in January to eliminate the benefit. Other lawmakers support the move, including Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch. McNulty says it creates a
problem when Coloradans see state workers getting a taxpayer funded benefit that they'll likely not see in their own jobs.

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