PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Taxpayer spending for workers’ compensation claims by state employees has gone up nearly 30 percent in the past five years, prompting officials to hire a consultant to find out why.
According to data obtained by Target 12 from the R.I. Department of Administration (DOA), the cost of workers’ compensation claims for state employees has swelled from $20.8 million in the 2010-11 budget year to $27 million in 2014-15, an increase of more than $6 million.
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In the above video, Target 12 Investigator Tim White joins Eyewitness News Friday to discuss the state’s workers’ comp program, and what’s being done to reverse the increase in claims.