ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State government workers in Minnesota hoping to take advantage of an early retirement incentive have one more week to sign up.

A New Year’s Eve deadline looms for veteran public employees to apply. At stake is up to two years of continuing state payments to the employee’s health care savings plan.

The incentive comes with conditions and strings attached. It is open to workers with at least 15 years of service and their boss has some veto power. Workers who take it won’t be eligible for any other state job or consulting arrangement for three years.

Minnesota has about 52,000 state government workers, when state college employees are included. The incentive applies to legislative, executive and judicial branch employees. They must retire by June 30.

Elected officials aren’t eligible.

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Comments (3)
  1. too bad says:

    “Elected officials aren’t eligible”… darn, though Dayton might take it?

  2. Your average Minnesotan says:

    Ok…am I missing something here? They would “retire” with up to two years of health care savings coverage, yet they would, in three years, be eligible for another state job or consultant arrangement. So there really is only one year that this “incentive” could/would save money.Kind of sounds like the people of Minnesota are on the losing end of this one.

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