Herbst to State Lawmakers: Close Loophole that Allows Whiting Abuser to Keep Pension

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst blasted a loophole in state law Monday that will allow a nurse charged with repeatedly abusing a patient at Whiting Forensic, a maximum security state mental health facility, to keep his pension and post-employment health benefits.

"It's no wonder we have an unfunded liability crisis in this state when Hartford insiders haven't even denied pensions and post-employment benefits to state workers who commit felonies on the job," Herbst said.

Herbst encouraged lawmakers to close the loophole immediately.

"Closing this loophole that allows criminals, who committed felonies on the job, to take pensions and free health care courtesy of struggling Connecticut taxpayers should be a top priority in Hartford," Herbst said.

"If lawmakers return for a special session they should take swift action to change the law to prevent criminals who committed felonies on the job from getting these plush benefits," Herbst continued.