Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Where our tax $$ goes

Do you think government employees are underpaid? Well this says they are overpaid.

Among the findings are:

1. State and local workers earned $36/hour in pay and benefits. Compared to $24/hour for US private-sector workers.
2. 42% of government workers are in a union. Compared to 9% in the private sector.
3. The largest budget area is K-12 schools.
4. Between 1994 and 2004 the number of school administrators and teachers INCREASED by 22% while the number of children in public schools INCREASED by 9%.

Education has the biggest budget and adds over twice as many personnel than the children increase. However, the school monopoly fails. No competition means no reason to try harder.

Is more money the answer? The education unions say it is. But "Jay Greene, author of "Education Myths," points out that "If money were the solution, the problem would already be solved … We've doubled per pupil spending, adjusting for inflation, over the last 30 years, and yet schools aren't better." (see link)

Keep doing what we have been doing and we will keep getting what we have been getting.


Blogger Ms. Elenaeous said...

Did you happen to catch 20/20 with Stossel on Friday? I just caught the last 15:00 but wish I had seen more as it really showed how screwed up the teacher's union is especially in NY and how the students are the ones who suffer.

BTW, how's the diet going?

10:51 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I think what we need to do is make serious cuts to the salaries of our politicians. They get very good salaries and amazing benefits that the rest of us don't get. It needs to be widely known that if you choose to run for a political office, you are doing it to serve those who elect you, not fatten your wallet or retirement fund.

3:20 PM  
Blogger James E. Martin said...

Here in VA because of smart policy, 0% of public employees are union members. My philospohy is that all of public employees should be union members, except here in va where those are my dollars.

12:16 AM  
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