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Comparing government and private pay

U-S-A Today analyzed the numbers and found that Wisconsin is one of 41 states where public employees earn higher average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state … about 18-hundred dollars more in 2009. The newspaper also found that nation-wide, public employees earned about 25-hundred dollars a year more than private-sector workers in 2009, largely because of the growing value of health and pension benefits.
Nevada has the nation’s biggest pay gap. Government employees in Nevada earn an average of $17,815 … or 35% … more than private workers. That’s largely because many private-sector jobs in Nevada are in the low-paying tourism industry.
As I said, in 41 states public employees earn higher average pay and benefits than private workers in the same state. That is NOT the case here in the Sunflower State. Kansas ranks 49th among the states, with public worker compensation at $44,803. That’s about 32-hundred dollars less than private-sector workers earn.
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Our thought for today is from Will Rogers:
 
“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”


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03/08/2011 1:14AM
Comparing government and private pay
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