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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.

Patsy Crothers June 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Yes, that's a great idea!!!
Rocco Esposito June 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If I did this, they would put me in jail. Man are we in trouble. The only way out is to form a union of voters that out numbers the public workers and sway our election, our way. Good luck with that one!
John Yannacci, Sr. June 20, 2012 at 07:26 PM
What does "poor, uneducated, or minority" have to do with anything?
John Yannacci, Sr. June 20, 2012 at 07:28 PM
If the governor let this stand, he would then have to go after all the others who falsely claimed the money. That would have affected a lot of his voter base so that wasn't going to happen. Going only after state workers while others were allowed to skate would constitute selective prosecution.
Jim June 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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