HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Many non-union state workers in Connecticut with a long history on the job are eagerly anticipating their October bonuses from the administration of Gov. Dan Malloy.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

St. Sen. John McKinney and other Republicans are urging the Democratic governor to stop these longevity payments, which McKinney explains are paid to workers just for showing up.

They cost taxpayers $40 million a year.

“It’s not based on merit. It’s not based on how well you do your job and that system is outdated,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

McKinney points out that these are tough times where the governor has asked every Connecticut resident for shared sacrifice.

He adds that union workers have already given up their longevity payments as part of a deal that saved their jobs.

Administration officials fear stopping the bonuses might invite expensive lawsuits against the state.

The annual bonuses will be paid out on October 11.

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