Here's a cute line:
The state's work force is already among the leanest in the country, said Cathy Rought, spokeswoman for American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin. Census figures show that nationally there are 70 residents for each state employee, and in Wisconsin there are 79 people for each state employee, she said.
OK. But Cathy, Wisconsin's cost-per-State-employee is near the highest in the universe--that's the problem.
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Continually undercutting the state work force does not make sense. Our state is rated highly in large part because of the work that state employees do every workday. Teacher’s always get a bad rap for the salaries they earn, and since my better half is a professor I can assure you it would be SOOO much easier if the incoming product was better equipped for the real world. Better parenting might be your next topic.
We agree on the 'parenting' part of your comment. I am well-acquainted with a number of teachers, principally in the public schools. They are hard-working, dedicated, and inspired people. Were it ONLY the teachers who "counted" in the education equasion, all our chilluns would be like those of Lake Wobegone...
As to other State employees--there are too many. But that's because over the years, the State has assumed more and more powers, increasing the complexity of the State organization almost (not quite) to the breaking point.
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