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Double-Dipping Explained

Background

Double-dipping is common in Ohio schools, and we’re not talking about two scoops with a cherry on top.

Double-dipping is when a public employee retires, begins collecting his or her full pension, and then is rehired, often by the same agency that the employee retired from. The employee collects a salary plus his or her full pension and full health insurance benefits.

A 2010 investigation by the Ohio News Organization found that a quarter of Ohio public school superintendents and half of educational service center superintendents are double-dippers.

The practice is legal and can save local school districts money.

But it has some downsides:

  • It makes it harder for younger administrators to move up through the ranks.
  • it weakens state pension funds’ positions because it halts the retirees’ contributions and starts their withdrawals.
  • And the practice rankles some private-sector workers and taxpayers who believe pensions should serve as retirement security, not pre-retirement wealth.

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Beaumontpete / Flickr Lakeland Community College President Morris Beverage has joined the ranks of Ohio’s double-dippers. Beverage will retire Dec. 31 which will allow him to begin collecting his pension, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. He’lll start work again On Jan. 2. Double-dipping is when a public employee retires, begins collecting his or her full pension, [...]

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What’s wrong with double-dipping? That’s what some StateImpact Ohio commenters want to know. We wrote earlier this week about the practice of double-dipping, which is when a public employee retires, begins collecting his or her full pension, and then is rehired, usually by the same school district or agency that the employee retired from. The [...]

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Anne Lucas Di Elmo / Flickr Double-dipping is common in Ohio schools, and we’re not talking about two scoops with a cherry on top. Double-dipping is when a public employee retires, begins collecting his or her full pension, and then is rehired, usually by the same school district or agency that the employee retired from. [...]

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