View Poll Results: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    My main issue is with pensions. They certainly aren't reflected in the private sector and are ripe for abuse with spiking and early retirement. I don't mind paying good salaries to attract competent employees, but pensions are expensive and provide little benefit.

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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    I chose other too. I figured we were mostly talking about teachers. There are some really good teachers who are probably undercompensated. Some are probably getting the pay they deserve and the rest overcompensated. Things need to change for the sake of the kids and the state's budgets.
    Lousy teachers should get fired, but that's hard to do with the way things are.
    Good to see that some "tell the truth", whatever that is.
    If you ask a Liberal, he say one thing; the identical query to a conservative - he will shout out another.
    So we are noplace....he said....she said...
    The vast majority say YES !!!...This may include 50 spammers.
    I do not trust them.
    Solution....
    EVERYONE, the President on down, all Governors, all congressmen, EVERYONE !....take a 10% cut....Set an example...
    Yes, I know, this is not the American way, but, with better people, we can innovate.

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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Good to see that some "tell the truth", whatever that is.
    If you ask a Liberal, he say one thing; the identical query to a conservative - he will shout out another.
    So we are noplace....he said....she said...
    The vast majority say YES !!!...This may include 50 spammers.
    I do not trust them.
    Solution....
    EVERYONE, the President on down, all Governors, all congressmen, EVERYONE !....take a 10% cut....Set an example...
    Yes, I know, this is not the American way, but, with better people, we can innovate.
    Generally speaking, I would take a 10% cut if it could be guaranteed that the government would not just increase spending by 10% on something else. I would pay more in taxes if the government truly eliminated wasteful spending. Until they control their spending, taxing more and/or cutting salaries will be useless.

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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Quote Originally Posted by dadrone View Post
    Generally speaking, I would take a 10% cut if it could be guaranteed that the government would not just increase spending by 10% on something else. I would pay more in taxes if the government truly eliminated wasteful spending. Until they control their spending, taxing more and/or cutting salaries will be useless.
    If all government employees took a 10% pay cut, the government would be saving 10% of their salaries. So would taxpayers. No high-falutin' math required.
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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If all government employees took a 10% pay cut, the government would be saving 10% of their salaries. So would taxpayers. No high-falutin' math required.
    Unless they spend the same amount on something else. Anytime one thing gets cut, politicians will try to get that money for something else.

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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Quote Originally Posted by dadrone View Post
    Unless they spend the same amount on something else. Anytime one thing gets cut, politicians will try to get that money for something else.
    I appreciate your frustration, but with that mindset, there'd be absolutely no reason to cut any spending. Good reason for fiscal paralysis.
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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    These state funded employees are WAY over paid. I would say by 40% - 50%. Most property taxes are over $6k in that area.
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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Actually, they are under paid.



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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    I worked in the public sector for a long time. When adjusting wage scales, one does not compare with the private sector. One compares with comparable public sector jobs. In other words, what do the same positions earn in a state with comparable population and comparable service. Wisconsin has less than 6,000,000 people. When you get a valid comparison between Wisconsin public employees and the employees of Minnesota, Missouri, and Maryland, then we'll talk. Anyone trying to compare public wage averages with private wage averages is simply setting up a statistical scam.

    Their nearly free pension and health care benefits are worth thousands upon thousands every year.

    Bottom line, if a state cannot afford their wages, then they earn too damned much. They either take a cut or wave goodbye to thousands of their fellow employees. Which, btw, is exactly what happens in the private sector.
    Last edited by DiAnna; 02-21-11 at 11:54 PM.

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    Re: Are Wisconsin public employees overcompensated?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Actually, they are under paid.

    So you're quoting the Socialists at the EPI and their obviously pro-union and biased study? Why am I not surprised...
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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