Ohio?s Eight Largest Newspapers Combine Forces to Report on State Pensions

By: E&P Staff

Ohio’s eight largest newspapers on Sundays published the first articles from their joint investigation of the state’s pension systems for public employees.

By combining forces, the newspapers were able to identify “thousands” of public employees who are collecting pensions while continuing to work in public office, a practice known as “double dipping.”

The analysis found that about 32,000 state and local employees collected more than $1 billion in pension payouts last year on top of their paychecks. Most went to schools superintendents and highly paid educators, the papers found.

The eight papers participating in the report, which continued Monday, are the Akron Beacon Journal, The Blade of Toledo, the Canton Repository, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Dayton Daily News, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland and The Vindicator.

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