PORTLAND — Restrictions adopted by the Maine Legislature in 2011 to discourage public employees from returning to work while collecting their pensions don't appear to be having the desired effect.
An analysis by the Maine Sunday Telegram found that the practice — commonly known as double-dipping — has continued to grow even though employees who retire and go back to work can only earn 75 percent of the posted salary and can only work for five years.
At the end of 2012, there were 2,334 state employees who collected both a public pension and a taxpayer-funded salary. That number was only a slight increase from the year before, but it is double what the number was a decade ago.
Defenders of the practice say it can actually save the state money.