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Ex-Legislator Cashes In On State Pension, After 5 Years As $108,000 Political Appointee

Ex-Legislator Cashes In On State Pension, After 5 Years As $108,000 Political Appointee

Members of the General Assembly are lucky to be among the few part-time state employees who are given full pension credit for each year they serve — although it isn't really luck, since they're the ones who pass the retirement laws — and this can pay off for them big-time when they retire.

It just paid off for former Democratic state Rep. Jessie Stratton.

Stratton served 14 years in the House, rising to co-chairwoman of the environment committee, but her pay as a state representative was never higher than $38,422, so any state pension she could have expected at retirement age would have been meager — only a few thousand bucks a year.

But then in 2011,...

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