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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