Everyone wants to know how their tax dollars are being spent, and while there are simply some things no one wants to skimp on, like education, roads & bridges (even though we always rank as one of the worst states in the nation in that category), paying out millions of dollars in overtime is certainly subjective.
A doctor at Danville State Hospital claimed more overtime pay in 2016-17 than any other state employee, more than tripling his current salary, according to an analysis of state employee overtime records, writes Jon O’Connell for citizensvoice.com.
It appears that Michael Brogna was promoted since he collected an extra $171,419 in 2016, and $217,688 in 2017, on top of his regular salary.
He earned $140,421 in 2016, and $153,487 in 2017, according to the state salary database at www.pennwatch.pa.gov.
State government paid nearly a half-billion dollars, $239.1 million in 2016 and $240.3 million in 2017, on overtime, up less than 1 percent from one year to the next.
Corrections, which employs more than 15,300 salaried and 125 hourly employees, categorically pays the most overtime, and 2016-17 was no different. The agency paid $101.9 million in 2016, but saw a 6 percent decrease in 2017, when it paid $95.7 million.
The Human Services Department, which pays Brogna’s salary and overtime, was third-highest for both years — $34.4 million in 2016, and $36 million in 2017. The department has 15,484 salaried and 828 hourly employees.
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