Friday, April 17, 2009

State or private sector employees? which one makes more?

According to one study, public employees earned benefits worth an average of $13.38 an hour in December 2008, while private-sector workers got benefits worth $7.98 an hour. Overall, total compensation for state and local workers was $39.25 an hour, $11.90 more than in the private sector.

Democrats will argue this calls for more mandates from the government to increase the minimum wage. What it actually means is that government workers, who are paid by the taxpayers, are vastly overpaid, and with their benefits and their pensions, are risking the financial health of this country.

The pole, http://GradeMaStateHouse.blogspot.com

In the most recent 30 day web pole, of a year long web pole, 600 voters were asked “how do you grade the Massachusetts State House”? The majority, 542 or 90% felt they had failing grades, 5% thought they passed and 4% were not sure. In another question voters were asked, “Should the Massachusetts Legislature do everything in its power to cut the State Budget to avoid tax and toll increases”? 91% voted yes while 8% indicated no.

Not so surprising I guess

4 Comments:

At April 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Rich said...

Are these numbers for real? That is a testimony to the corruption of state/federal employees all over this country. I mean, an 18 month notice for a layoff, paid for unused sick days, work one day in the year and collect another year of pension money, who in their right mind gives out those kinds of percs? Only state employees get that. And they complain about their jobs on top of that. Don't forget, our state reps are state employees and get all tehse ridiculous benefits also!

 
At April 17, 2009 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Junior said...

Can you get this sort of information out there in front of everyone? Why don't the papers run this story? Can you get the MetroWest or the Globe or even the Herald to run these figures. If this does not motivate people to do something about these parts of the state budget, then nothing will. Not only are the paid way more than the job is worth, but they are lazy, in most cases only have a 37.5 hour work week, and most of them goof off for half the day anyway. If I were a state worker, and this information was widely published, I would run for cover myself.

 
At April 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM , Blogger J. Price said...

Just another way the states is robbing us. Literaly taking money out of my pocket in taxes to pay the salaries of a bunch of state hacks. Criminal if you ask me, but no one ever asks what I think. Hope you can get this information out there Jim. I had no idea it was this bad. Do you have numbers just for MA?

 
At April 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

These numbers are in a piece done by CNN. The numbers are national. I would presume, the costs are the same here, if not more, per hour for State employees.

We have some really good pension bennies here in Mass and you don't have to work 40 years to get them. This will have to change at some point, the entitlement days are over.

More relevant news is on the web now. Print media just can't do the volume any longer. The world is changing at light speed, no print company can keep up. We have to seek it out, unfortunately.

 

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