Ala. Senate OKs Bonus for Retired State Workers

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Senate is trying to give retired state employees their first pension bonus since 2008.

The Senate voted Tuesday to approve a bill by Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston that would give the bonus in the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The bill now goes to the House.

Retired state employees would get $2 per month for each year of service. A retiree who worked 25 years would get $600. Everyone would get at least $300 even if the formula worked out to less.

Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford tried to increase the amount, but the Senate's Republican majority voted that down. Proponents of the $2 have said that will cost $13 million, and that's about as much as the state can afford.

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