Report: Half Billion Dollars May Be Owed

A report from a watchdog group says  taxpayers are paying for 558-million dollars in unused sick and vacation  time for state workers.  

The report cited by "The Boston  Herald" is behind the state inspector general warning to lawmakers to  take action to rein in the spending.  

The attorney general says current  state rules have laid a path to a financial disaster, with about  30-percent of the state's workforce already eligible to retire.  

State  rules pay workers 20 percent of their accrued sick time when they retire  that currently amounts to a 117-million-dollar liability. 

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