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Patch's Poll: Should The 40 State Workers Get Their Jobs Back?

An arbitrator ruled last week that a group of state employees who lost their jobs amid an alleged scandal last year should be reinstated. Do you agree with the decision?

A group of state workers who left voluntarily or were fired last year amid allegations that they fraudulently got state assistance following Tropical Storm Irene were given their jobs back last week.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration accused 40 state workers — some earning more than $100,000 a year — of lying in order to obtain aid under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program following the storm.

But the because they mistakenly filled out the assistance forms and didn’t intend to commit fraud.

"They exercised their due process rights, paid back the money received, were adequately disciplined and will be reinstated to their state positions," Sal Luciano, a union representative, told The Connecticut Mirror.

A number of Patch readers reacted to this news with criticism, so much so that .

So, do you think the arbitrator made the best decision in saying the workers should be reinstated? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Cynara Stites June 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
How can I secondguess an arbitrator's ruling without knowing the evidence presented to the arbitrator? I believe that the arbitrator is right based on the news accounts that none of these state employees misrepresented their income to the emergency DSNAP program.
Ed Putman June 20, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The state workers seem to be guilty of insider trading rather than fraud. WTIC warned us of the impending storm days in advance but the first sign I got of a give away program was seeing the hundreds of state workers lined up like Wallmart shoppers on black friday. The next time the feds want to send some of our money back to us in CT they should tell the radio stations before they tell the Governor. There is a serious leak in that office.
WindsorRocks June 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM
are you serious?
WindsorRocks June 20, 2012 at 01:28 AM
touche mr. putman
G.L. Ferris July 27, 2012 at 01:10 PM
How do state employees milk the system when it comes to performance expectations?

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