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As Calif. Goes Bankrupt, State Employees Rake In Vacation Time, 6-Figure Severances

State officials have let employees amass vast amounts of leave time and end their careers with six-figure payouts – one topping $800,000, an investigation has found.

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Article: State employees pile up vacation time, exceeding caps and costing millions

Sidebar: How we estimated vacation, leave overages

Data: State departments spend millions on unused vacation

Graphic: Big checks for unused time (A list of the 25 largest payouts)

Graphic: State leave payouts by agency

This story was edited by Robert Salladay and Mark Katches. It was copy edited by William Cooley.

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