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Report: $33M of CT overtime budget spent on health, family services

BY Joe Cooper

10/10/2018
PHOTO | HBJ File
PHOTO | HBJ File
Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford.
State agencies providing health and social services have accounted for about $33 million of Connecticut's $66.9 million overtime budget this year, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

In a report released Wednesday, the Office of Fiscal Analysis said Connecticut has spent more than $66.9 million in overtime payments for 34 state agencies in fiscal year 2018-19. That represents a 5.9 percent, or $3.7 million, increase vs. the year-ago period.

The Office of Fiscal Analysis is required by law to report how much overtime is granted for state agencies and how many employees receive overtime pay.

The top three overtime expenses, accounting for over 93 percent of the budget, include $21.4 million for the state Department of Correction, $14 million for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and $10.9 million for the Department of Developmental Services.

Other leading overtime expenses include $10.3 million for the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, $5.8 million for the Department of Children and Families and $897,904 for the Department of Social Services.

Meantime, the state expensed $690,618 in overtime for UConn Health, $468,239 for Department of Veterans' Affairs and $98,006 for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Despite the hike in overtime expenses, the state agencies employee 256 less workers for a total of 13,982.