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STATE PAY: Policies Help Cut Overtime

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Over the last fiscal year, the state of Iowa spent more than $25 million to pay overtime for state workers.

The Des Moines Register reports the numbers from the last fiscal year are down from an average of about $30 million a year in the last four years.

More than $200,000 of the overtime paid in the past four years is attributed to a nursing assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Iowa Management Department Director Dave Roederer says new policies and practices have been enacted to help cut down on overtime and a continued decline is expected because of efficiency.