Should we add some state workers?
According to MaineOpenGov.org data, there were 413 state
employees with more than $10,000 in overtime pay alone in 2007. The total
overtime paid to these employees was over $19,000,000 for 2007.
At least half a dozen of these workers earned more in
overtime than their total annual salary, with several employees earning more
than $7,000 above their annual salary in overtime pay.
The State of Maine should consider hiring some
additional workers to help fill this void. Judging by the amount of overtime pay
these employees are taking home, there are just not enough workers at these
positions to do everything that must be done.