nearly four years, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has been warning
policymakers of the growing costs of public-sector workers’ salaries and
it has become a popular tune.
MIRS News reported this week that the
House Fiscal Agency has released
a report highlighting the problems of rising public sector compensation.
HFA report states that although the number of state employees dropped 18.2
percent since 2002, total compensation for these fewer employees has jumped from $3.9
billion in 2001 to $4.8 billion in 2010.
Donald Grimes, a
University of Michigan economist, told The Detroit News: "Our private sector
workers have just been killed — that's what everyone should keep in mind. The
private sector just can't afford the public sector as it's structured. In 2000,
December of 2010, Mackinac Center fiscal policy analyst James Hohman wrote, “Michigan governments would save $5.7 billion if
the employment benefits of Michigan’s state and local government workers were
set at private sector averages.”
LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative,
brought up the issue of the rising price of state and local government in a
February 2007 report.
are delighted that other scholars and observers are pointing out what we made
public,” LaFaive said.
Cutting state spending
requires going where the money is: K-12 education
Structural Overspending in Michigan’s
State Budget: One Way to Fix It
Michigan Teacher Pay
16.5 Percent Higher Than Indiana
Michigan Spends More on
Teacher Benefits Than Most Other States
What Can $5.7
Billion Get You in Michigan?
Saving $5.7 in Public
Employee Benefit Savings - Is it Real?
How Does Michigan
Teacher Pay Really Stack Up Against Private Sector and Teachers in Other
The School Employee
Michigan Falls to
Bottom 10 in Key Economic Measure
Schools Buying Bigger
Pension Payouts for Employees
Government Unions: The
Real Wealth in American Politics
Snyder Interview, Part 1
Snyder Interview, Part 2
Michigan Department of Education Miscalculates Average Teacher Salary
Recaps of New Teachers
Students Hostages to the Union
A Union Pension Bailout
During the Lame Duck Season in Congress?
School Pensions Sucking
Up Per Pupil Cash
School Pension Reform
Stalls in Senate
Breaking News: House
Vote Would Force Charter Schools Into Underfunded Pension System
Common-Sense Reforms to Tax Hikes
Screening of Poverty, Inc.
The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure
Let Them Work: Solutions for Michigan’s Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws
Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?
Marquette County Takes on EPA
Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded