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$100,000 day at Hershey Park: Employee appreciation or excess?

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Preliminary figures from a state audit of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) revealed the agency gave $7.5 million in bonuses to more than 300 employees since July 2004. That’s a problem for an agency taking heat for fiscal excess.

The report, released by state Auditor General Jack Wagner in October, detailed extravagant expenditures by the agency, including a $108,000 employee appreciation day at Hershey Park just a month after PHEAA promised to curb spending.

PHEAA CEO Dick Willey resigned following the report’s release, saying the media and the political environment had become “so antagonistic” it was interfering with the agency’s ability to function.

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