Senators seek ‘targeted’ early retirement bill
BOSTON (AP) — State senators are weighing some possible changes in Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to offer early retirement incentives to thousands of Massachusetts state employees.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Monday that administration officials have been asked to meet with senators on Wednesday to discuss what he called a “more targeted” approach to reducing the state workforce.
Rosenberg said members have expressed concern that some agencies could lose so many employees to early retirement that they would no longer be able to function effectively.
Baker’s plan, approved last month by the House, would allow his administration to replace 20 percent of the salaries of workers who opt for early retirement.
The administration estimates the program will save more than $170 million in the fiscal year starting July 1.