January 11, 2019

Report: CT overtime pay up 4% in FY 2018-19

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford.

State agencies, through the second quarter in the current fiscal year, have spent almost $120 million on overtime wages, a 4.1 percent increase compared to the year-ago period, according to new data.

A report released Thursday by the Office of Fiscal Analysis says the state's overtime spending in the first half of the current fiscal year (fiscal year 2019) was running $4.7 million above the same six months a year prior. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

Five agencies comprised more than 93 percent of overtime expenditures from the general fund in both fiscal years, the report said. They include: Department of Correction (DOC); Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS); Department of Developmental Services (DDS); Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP); and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Through two quarters, DOC and DESPP have spent more on overtime payments in the current fiscal year than they did in fiscal year 2018, the report said.

From July 1, 2018 to Jan. 10, 2019, the top five agencies in overtime expenses spent the following:

  • Department of Correction: $38.1 million
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: $25.7 million
  • Department of Developmental Services: $20.1 million
  • Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection: $16.5 million
  • Department of Children and Families: $11.1 million

Those agencies were trailed by Department of Social Services ($1.7 million), Judicial Department ($1.5 million), UConn Health Center ($1.3 million) and Department of Veterans' Affairs ($877,154).

Part of the reason for the increased overtime pay could be that Connecticut's workforce is smaller than it was in previous years.

As of October, the Office of Fiscal Analysis said the state agencies employed 256 less workers for a total of 13,982.

Connecticut spent about $4.5 billion in payroll expenses in calendar year 2018, according to the state comptroller's office. The state's payroll has steadily declined each of the last four years.

View the overtime report here

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