Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued a press release on Monday, The Cost of Public Sector Benefits. This document of over 500 words and all sorts of data began:
Madison–In an effort to raise awareness about the cost of public sector employee benefits today Governor Walker’s office released the following fact sheet.
The 'fact sheet' never once addressed the cost of employing a public worker in Wisconsin. The 'fact sheet' provided information about the cost of the retirement system, how much taxpayers pay for public employees health insurance and the cost of HMO co-pays.
The 'fact sheet' never gave the total cost to the taxpayer of a public employee.
WISCONSIN WORKERS ARE NOT OVER PAID OR OVER COMPENSATED
For the millionth time --- Wisconsin public employees do have better fringe benefits than the public employee in other states. That is because everyone from the firefighter to motor vehicle workers, teachers to snow plow drivers, choose to take their compensation in health insurance and retirement contributions.
For example Wisconsin teachers rank 20th for average teacher's salary among the states . Add in the fringe benefits and Wisconsin may be as high as 17th or 16th, not an outrageous ranking for a state that values education.
The Wisconsin public employee who receives a bonus is a rare exception. Yesterday GM announced that all hourly workers will receive a $4000 bonus. Private sector employees receive bonuses, at times stock options, and many other privileges not afforded he public employee. II never met a public employee who's golf outing was paid by their employer.
EFFICIENCY OF OUR STATE WORKERS
Wisconsin is the 20th most populated state but we rank 27th in number of full time employees. We get more productivity from Wisconsin public employees. Wisconsin state workers are doing more than their counterparts in other states.