...taking that EPI report, as well as another by several UW-Milwaukee researchers, as gospel, you could still ask, as Reason Foundations’ Adam Summers did, some good questions. Such as whether governments rely too much on educational credentials when hiring. Or, again, the hour-for-hour comparison, since federal stats show government work is shorter. And, for that matter, whether much better job security in the public sector has been accounted for, it being worth quite a bit.
In fact, that government workers are said to be underpaid given their long experience, one might note that this is because public sector jobs have an unusually low rate of turnover. If the work is so fundamentally underpaid, why do so few people find it dissatisfactory enough to quit?
Not to put too fine a point on it, but very few State/Local workers REALLY have to have college degrees--and yes, longevity has to do with "fat and happy"--not to mention that no one apparently wants to pay them MORE to leave.
There's a reason for that.