Double Dipping Swept Under the Carpet
State Representative Allen Kerr, who has taken the lead on investigating illegal double-dipping by employees of state government, said in his newsletter that the matter is being swept under the rug.
Says Kerr, "According to the newspaper, the ATRS is no longer even going to ask for the repayment of the millions of dollars the system estimated had been improperly paid. And of course that means they won't go the next step and look at fines and penalties for those who violated the law. The system director, George Hopkins, stated that he had received calls from retirees as well as some legislators who called the request for repayment of money "not fair" and that the ATRS had not properly provided guidance to help these retirees in preparing and filing their paperwork. "
"Not fair"? To whom? The taxpayers? Ordinary shmucks like us who have to obey the law? People who are in arrears on taxes and have to pay them back?