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.


Anonymous said...

How does the number of state or local employees that are actually funded by federal dollars impact these numbers? Are these the total FTE, no matter what the funding source? How many federal employees are in Wisconsin vs other states?

Paul Everett Nelson said...

I don't have a precise answer for you but plan to follow up on your questions. A good starting point, I suppose, is the federal funding that makes up 28% of Wisconsin state revenue. See page 3 @