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Legislator and hundreds of state employees retired early to avoid trust fund losses

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A legislator and hundreds of state employees avoided big losses in their pensions by retiring before the end of last year.

Former Rep. David Travis, D-Waunakee, figures he'll get $70-$80 more each month, just by retiring Dec. 30, instead of when his term ended on Jan. 5.

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That's because the December retirement was based on the state's investment earnings from 2003-2007.

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