State Senate concerned with Governor’s retirement program

The program is estimated to save more than $170 million in the next year

Charlie Baker, Stanley Rosenberg, Robert DeLeo
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he’s worried state agencies won’t be able to do their jobs effectively if Gov. Charlie Baker’s early retirement plan passes as is.

State senators might try to make changes to Baker’s retirement program. The plan was approved last month by the House, and would allow 14,000 employees to apply for early retirement.

Senate President Rosenberg said their worried the program would leave large state agencies “unable to do their jobs effectively.” State senators asked administration officials to meet this Wednesday to address concerns about the program, which includes losing too many executive branch employees.

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “We have also engaged with our secretaries to make sure that certain agencies like health and human services, or environmental affairs would not be gutted in terms of its work force.”

Polito also said the Baker administration believes the programs a financially sound approach. She also said Governor Baker would backfill positions as needed, and keep a hiring freeze in place through fiscal year 2016.

The program is estimated to save the state more than $170 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1st.

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