America's Great State Payroll Giveaway


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From coast to coast, the highest-paid state workers collected total compensation of as much as $573,000 to $1 million last year, with overtime checks of up to $213,000 and unused vacation payouts that reached $609,000 as governors and lawmakers slashed funding for schools, public safety and other services. By compiling payroll records for 1.4 million employees of the 12 most-populous states, Bloomberg shows how California sets a pattern for governments nationally as out-of-control payroll costs burden states throughout the country.

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