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Despite ban, Haridopolos hires double-dippers



A year ago state lawmakers passed a law to ban "double dipping'' among public employees.

This week Senate President-to-be Mike Haridopolos announced the addition of veteran staffers who will be double dippers. Double dipping is where employees collect retirement checks while working full-time. All three of the new Senate employees will be earning six-figure salaries.

Not everyone in the Senate is happy. Sen. Mike Fasano, R-Port Richey, sponsor of the new law designed to curb double dipping was critical of the decision to put them on the payroll. "There are plenty of good hard working individuals out there who could sure use a job right now,'' Fasano said. "We have high unemployment and struggling families. It's hard to explain this to people like that."

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:14pm]


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