CITIZEN VOICES® Part time work for retirees with state pensions?

Oct 22, 2017

As New Hampshire’s workforce is getting older, there is a trend of local government employees retiring, then returning to work part-time in similar positions. Those part-time retirees do not continue to pay into the retirement system, and some policymakers believe that is unfair. Read more about this issue

"Should retirees collecting a state pension be allowed to work part-time for local government?"

Part Time Work for Public Retirees NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 149 participants gave 235 responses.

A total of 94% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 6% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 149 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 235 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 71%, were in favor of allowing retirees collecting a state pension to work part-time for local government.

  • “Yes. If they earned the pension, they as free Americans should be able to do anything they want after they retire.”
  • “Yes. As a retiree, I know things a new hire would not. Most of us want something to do but don't want full time employment. I paid into the system for a little more than 20 years.”
  • “Part-time workers get no benefits and in NH the pay is not great anyway, they probably need to work! Since their training is in the public sector, [it] makes perfect sense.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 29%, were against allowing retirees collecting a state pension to work part-time for local government.

  • “People that take a retirement pension while still contracting part time for the state are taking the taxpayers for a ride by double dipping.”
  • “No. Give the new job to someone that needs it. Not a retiree that has worked all those years and is now receiving a pension.”
  • “No. Go work for the private sector.”

Other: As noted above, 6% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Criticizing state pensions: “They should just get Social Security like the rest of us.”
  • Hiring issues: “All these comments about how easy we have it as state employees… if we have it so good why do we have so many job openings we can't fill?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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