Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Not Really Retirement.(Final)(Editorial)


New Mexico has raised the art of double-dipping to a new level with a law that will allow people to collect retirement benefits while holding down full-time jobs with their former government employers.

This latest wrinkle is a predictable progression. Though New Mexico's government workers habitually complain about wages lagging in comparison to other states, public employee retirement is relatively sweet.

It's sweet enough to tempt workers into retirement early, often as their experience and productivity make them most valuable. To hang on to those human assets, the state further sweetened the deal, enabling workers to retire for three months then go back to work at the same agency drawing salary and full pension. …

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