The next time our government workers come asking for a pay increase, consider this under-reported consequence of Democrat-sponsored legislation in 2013. Tacked on to a bill to re-purpose the shuttered Ft. Lyon Correctional Facility, was an accounting change to re-calculate the manner in which overtime pay was determined for state prison guards.
The result of this paperwork shuffle: the amount of overtime pay that accrued to our public servants in the Department of Corrections exploded from an average of $213,438 to $960,000 – per month. This is an increase in overtime for correctional officers (this excludes parole officers) of approximately $9 million per year. This is paydirt for these unionized workers, represented by Colorado WINS, a union that’s already asking to double the proposed pay increase for Colorado State government workers as reported last month.
The Denver Post is now reporting that the Joint Budget Committee and the Department of Corrections “drastically underestimated the impact the scheduling provisions in Senate Bill 210 would have on overtime costs,” and that on Monday the Joint Budget Committee is scheduled to discuss this problem. Continue reading