Wednesday, August 29, 2012
When It Comes to Government Employees, Wisconsin is No Lake Wobegon
Wisconsin Has One of the Leanest Public Sectors in the Nation. (Wisconsin Budget Project, 8/29/2012)
Wisconsin currently ranks 40th among all states.
Excerpt: Wisconsin has long had a lean public sector compared to other states, and in 2011 the number of state and local government employees per state resident in Wisconsin decreased to its lowest level in nearly 20 years. In light of the property tax constraints and significant local assistance cuts in the 2011-13 state budget, it’s likely that the number of government employees in Wisconsin will continue to decrease in the coming years.
Some Basic Facts on State and Local Government Workers. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/15/2012)
Excerpt: This brief report presents some basic facts about state and local employees: the jobs they perform, how many there are, how their pay compares with pay in the private sector, and how much states and localities — mainly school districts, cities, and counties — spend on pay and benefits.