there's a persuasive counter-argument going around in conservative circles these days: You can start cutting government spending without cutting anyone's services or subsidies or monthly checks. Just bring the pay of federal workers into line with pay in the private sector.
A recent Heritage Foundation study found the average federal worker (excluding the uniformed military) makes $78,901 a year in wages and salary versus $50,111 for the average private sector worker. When you count generous health and pension benefits, the average total compensation of federal workers comes to $111,015 a year versus $60,078 in the private sector.
Answer by dullscissors at 6:49 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
Sounds like it would cut our deficit by a lot. It will never pass of course. There would be hell to pay when it comes to the unions.
Answer by QuinnMae at 6:50 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
I do not know if that is true or not. I had always heard that the private sector folks tend to make higher salaries, BUT there are far fewer of them as opposed to a much larger government work force. Therefore, while the private sector employee might earn more up front, they have to work harder and more years to earn that dollar amount. Now in terms of RETIREMENT-there's where the difference is apparent
Answer by Sisteract at 6:53 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
Answer by tasches at 6:54 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
$47 isn't chump change. I will take whatever we can get.
Answer by QuinnMae at 6:55 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
Answer by gertie41 at 6:56 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
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