Dawn M. selected No
and wrote Perhaps - well, definitely - the legislators are. But the front-lines workers are not - the teachers, police officers, prison guards, office workers, etc. And when did their pay level become open to public opinion? Shouldn't the people who oversee these workers make the determinations of the value of their work?
JTWilliams selected Yes
and wrote There was a day that government jobs provided a net benefit to society- but their wages and benefits have FAR outgrown their private sector counterparts. The very notion that those who are paid by taxpayers have among the strongest employee unions is outrageous! If you want to "serve your community", and work for the state or local govt- it should be for equal or lower pay than the private sector. The way that the public sector unions have grown is outrageous. In many cases, they have given themselves benefits and pensions that have been wholly unsustainable, and a threat to the longterm solvency and EVEN THE EXISTENCE of our states and cities!
Yes, and No. There are plenty of hard working people in government but the big wigs get paid way to much!
Anonymous selected No
and wrote the average front line worker is not overpaid. the upper management is a different story. All state workers should have equal pay that includes management-a set living wadge.
Anonymous selected Yes
and wrote Hell yeah they are!! There is so much government waste!!
Susy Woods selected No
and wrote Those at the top may be in some cases but the majority of state workers are the clerks and secretaries and field people and they are certainly not overpaid.