posted on November 30, 2010 11:50 :: 666 Views
Nearly half of Montana's state employees are making more than $60,000 a year, according to a new report featured at Montana Watchdog.
Forty-six percent of state employees make more than $60,000 in salary and benefits and 16 percent make more than $80,000, according to information provided by the Legislative Fiscal Division to a lawmaker who wants to cap employee pay.
In an interview last week, Gov. Brian Schweitzer told Montana Watchdog said he has seen where salaries of employees in the public sector are 30 percent to 100 percent higher than salaries in the private sector.
“The average taxpayer is making $40,000 and someone (in the public sector) is making three times as much, I understand the frustration,” he said.
Click here to read the full article.
Plus, a strong majority of Americans want the size of the federal workforce cut. Montana Watchdog has this as well:
A new survey finds that 66 percent of voters nationwide favor a proposal to cut the federal payroll by 10 percent over the coming decade. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 22 percent are opposed and 12 percent are not sure.
Earlier surveys found that 46 percent believe government employees make more money than comparable workers in the private sector. And 15 percent say government workers make less than similar private sector workers.
The poll also found that those surveyed believed government workers have more job security but don’t work as hard as their counterparts in the private sector.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:00 AM
Wow, that is an outstanding number. Nearly half of Montana state employees are making over $60,000 a year? Well I guess they certainly deserve it. I'm not quite sure as to why the public sector is getting paid much more than the private.