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Ohio Overtime Gravy

According to a report in the Columbus Dispatch, overtime pay for Ohio state employees is expected to reach an all-time high of $72 million in 1997. Among the 68 Ohio state agencies, employees of the state's burgeoning prison system account for $23.7 million, about a third of the total.

A large portion of that overtime gravy, however, goes to pay guards while they are not even working. Ohio prison guards are required to attend a roll call meeting 10 minutes before their shift begins. However, they receive 30 minutes of overtime pay for showing up 10 minutes early. Guards, whose pay averages $10 an hour, get $75 in extra roll call gravy for five overtime hours every two weeks.

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