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DOC tops state overtime expenditures for seventh year in a row

The state Office of Fiscal Analysis released its 4th quarter overtime report and once again the Department of Corrections (DOC) topped the list. Despite having the most employees of any state agency besides the University of Connecticut, DOC employees pulled down $94.3 million dollars in overtime pay over the last fiscal year, a three percent increase over last year’s overtime spending on the agency.

The DOC overtime expenditures are almost double that of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the next highest recipient of overtime payments with $53.6 million over the last fiscal year. Overall, five agencies accounted for over 92 percent of the state’s overtime spending, according to the report.

Through the fourth quarter of the 2022 fiscal year, the state spent approximately $266 million in General Fund overtime payments, about $26.1 million more than 2021’s fourth quarter, an increase of 11 percent.

In addition to DOC and DMHAS, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) received the most overtime payments. All other state agencies combined accounted for $19.7 million in overtime spending. 

According to the state’s Open Payroll website, the DOC has been the highest recipient of overtime benefits every year since 2015, when the website was launched.

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Tom Hopkins

A national, award-winning journalist from Bristol, Tom has a passion for writing. Prior to joining CII, he worked in print, television, and as a freelance journalist. He has taken deep dives into sexual assault allegations by Connecticut professors, uncovered issues at state-run prisons, and covered evictions in the New Britain Herald. He chose to focus on issues based in Connecticut because this is his home, and this is where he wants his work to make the greatest impact.

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