Weather Blamed for Increase in State Overtime Pay Last Year

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The state says last year’s severe winter weather is partly responsible for a small increase in the amount of annual overtime earned by state employees.

The Department of Administrative Services says the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety, which includes the highway patrol, had the biggest overtime increases over 2013.

DAS said the state paid $113.5 million in overtime pay last year compared to $111.2 million in 2013.

The state says a Department of Mental Health psychiatrist was the top state wage earner with $394,704.94, of which $218,432.50 was overtime.

The state payroll last year was $2.963 billion, compared to $2.960 billion in 2013.