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Stavisky bill saves paper, $

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 pm

The State Senate has adopted a measure sponsored by Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) that the senator said will bring the state into the 21st Century while saving nearly $600,000 per year.

The bill would allow state employees who receive direct deposit to get electronic rather than paper pay stubs.

“By allowing enrollees in the state’s direct deposit program to opt out of paper delivery of their pay stubs, we can save money for taxpayers,” Stavisky said. “This is just one of many common-sense reforms the Senate and Assembly need to take up. It’s not about more government or less government — it’s about smarter government.” A companion bill has been sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan).

Savings are anticipated through reduced printing and mailing costs. In addition, labor savings will total more than 140,000 hours.

Stavisky said that with more than 75 percent of state employees enrolled in direct deposit, the money saved has the potential to be significant, totaling nearly $600,000 annually.

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