As usual, Random 10 comes up with a good one.
Consider this staggering comparison: State and local public employees comprise approximately 12 percent of the U.S. workforce and have an estimated $800 billion or more of unfunded pension liabilities (not counting other post-employment benefits). By comparison, employees in the private or corporate sector make up about 78 percent of the U.S. workforce with an estimated $450 billion of unfunded liabilities.
R-10's prediction regarding this is not cryptic.
Easy Street is a one-way street. The taxpayer gets to build it, but had little to do with naming it.
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
My take? Public employees conceded on salaries in exchange for higher pension/health care benefits. Then conservatives come along and make political points about their "cadillac" benefits.
Except that "your take" is not true.
Go to BLS here: ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/suppl/eci.echistrynaics.txt
Note the following:
"Service providing industry" (Private payroll) range: 1Q06= 100.9, 3Q08= 109.5
"All Gov't State and Local" range: 1Q06= 100.5, 3Q08= 110.9
In other words, broadly measured, all State and local workers started a touch less than comparable private industry, and now earn MORE...
Not forgetting that public sector employees don't have to produce anything for their Cadillac compensation.
Post a Comment