Friday, May 02, 2008

Wisconsin Government Spending: Fixable? (Part 2)

Yesterday we remarked on the incredible "bennies-loading" of Wisconsin government employees, and suggested that Wisconsin's budget woes will continue--just to pay for the retirements and health-bennies of Public "Servants."

More on the same, from WisTax:

A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analyzed these data in greater
detail and found that school expenditures here ranked 14th highest among the states and 8.5% above the U.S. average ($9,390). The main reason for the above-average ranking was fringe benefits that exceeded national averages by more than 50%.

Examining specifically instruction-related expenses, WISTAX calculated that, in 2006, salaries ($3,939 per pupil) were 2.7% above the U.S. ($3,835) and 16th highest nationally.
Benefits were 52.5% above the U.S. mean ($1,854 vs. $1,216) and sixth highest. Instructional costs for items other than compensation ($364), e.g., books and supplies, were 39.7% below average ($583) and ranked 44th in the U.S.

Re-read the last two sentences. In effect, Wisconsin students were deprived of books and supplies in favor of teacher/administrator salaries and benefits.

Yah--it's all about the kids, hey!!!

HT: Jo Egelhoff

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You might want to take a look at the "bennies" that returning servicemen and women will be receiving over the next 10 to 20 years. Especially the ones who can't reenter the workforce and will require $100,000 to $200,000 in government "retirement" income. Talk about a book shortage!