Greg Abbott Nixes Bonus for Retired Teachers

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009  |  Updated 11:17 AM CDT
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Greg Abbott Nixes Bonus for Retired Teachers

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

A $500 bonus for about 250,000 retired educators and state workers in Texas won't happen because legislators improperly appropriated the funds.

On Monday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued an opinion that says normal procedures for distributing the $155 million were not followed by the 2009 Legislature.

Lawmakers can set up one-time payments to retired teachers and state workers. But the ruling said legislators wrongly bypassed trustees and sent the $155 million to the state comptroller's office, not to state pension funds.

Lawmakers earlier this year had said the $500 checks could be provided to the retirees only if the attorney general's office decided the funding complied with legal requirements.

Representatives of educator groups said they're disappointed.

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