State overtime increased in 2018

January 15, 2019

The state spent nearly $5 million more on overtime payments during the second half of 2018 than it did during the same period the previous year.

The state Office of Fiscal Analysis reports five agencies account for 93 percent of the overtime expenses: the Department of Correction, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Department of Children and Families.

While several departments eliminated overtime pay entirely, multiple departments more than doubled the amount they paid in overtime last year.

The greatest increase was in the State Elections Enforcement Commission, which was tasked with auditing and approving clean elections grant applications from every candidate running for office in 2018. SEEC paid $20,224 in overtime during the second half of 2018 — a 1,838 percent increase over the previous year.

The Department of Public Health, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the Department of Consumer Protection also had significant increases in overtime spending.

In total, the state spent roughly $120 million on overtime payments from the general fund to more than 16,300 employees. That’s 1,000 more employees than received overtime payments the previous year.

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