PUBLIC ENEMIES! $ 40,785 Proof that govt. workers ring up heftier salaries, OT and benefits
At long last, the proof is in. You know age-old excuse around here. Taxpayers have to pay and pay for ridiculous pensions Cadillac health benefits to government workers — legislators, city councilors, court clerks, PR flaks, highway workers, janitors, etc. — to lure talented people from the private sector, where they’d make higher salaries.
Not true! The jig is up! The scam revealed!
According to new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as calculated in Friday’s USA Today, in more than eight out of 10 occupations federal workers earn higher salaries than those doing the same jobs in the private sector.
That’s even before you add on health and pension benefits, which averaged $40,785 per federal employee in 2008 vs. $9,882 per private worker, the Labor Bureau reported.
While state, local, city and county workers average slightly less in salary (between 2 5 percent) than those doing the same work in private sector, they too earn considerably more when their health care, pension and early retirement options are added in.
Take that, you weaselly Democrats who refuse to do anything about this stuff. But you better watch out. Your nemesis, Sen. Scott Brown, repeatedly hammered these boondoggles
NOTE: NUMBERS ARE AVERAGES PROVIDED BY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS on the campaign trail. Obviously, it resonated. If unemployment and foreclosure rates keep inching up, imagine how it’ll resonate come re-election time this fall.
And USA Today didn’t even touch on all the legal stealing that goes routinely around here, where an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature benefits from the same thievery and defends and/or turns a blind eye on everybody else’s.
Take the civil engineers and police overtime cash-in that the Herald reported on Friday. One engineer’s base pay of $76,000 skyrocketed to $205,000. One state trooper’s salary of $70,800 ballooned $180,000 with police details. Last Sunday the Herald reported on 200 already highly paid ($84,000 to $110,000) clerk magistrates and their assistants pocketing tens of thousands in bail fees, $40 a pop, that might have come back to the all-butbroke state. Last month, the Herald reported on Boston City Clerk Rosaria E. Salerno, a former nun, for God’s sake, boosting her $100,000 salary with $68,000 in wedding fees that could have come back to the all-but-broke city.
We’re reporting constantly on double-and triple-dippers, those government workers who’ve retired in their 50s, even 40s, then gone back to work at a second or third government job to collect yet another government salary on top of the pension they’re already banking.
Make no mistake. This is why we’re broke. is why your neighborhood firehouses and libraries are shutting down
kids’ class sizes are going up — along with your property taxes. Your local politician might try to blame the recession or energy costs or whatever. Don’t believe him.
The truth, Average Joe and Jane? You are paying more taxes and getting fewer services so that government workers — whose wallets already are fatter than yours — can continue to get theirs, and more. You’ll be scraping by in retirement, assuming you can ever retire. They’ll be retiring their 50s, secure, with health care and pensions for life. And you paid for them.
Let me admit it: Yes, I’m jealous.
add: The older I get, the more jealous I become.
Our only hope? That private sector voters outnumber government and/or wired union voters this fall. Otherwise, they’ll spend their golden years in condos in Florida. And you’ll drop dead on the job — if you’re lucky enough to have one.