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Growing jobs, the Washington way

December 3, 2010 - John D'Agostino
There has been much discussion over the past week regarding the proposed freeze on salaries of federal employees. This corner is all for the plan, especially when you consider the number of jobs that have been added since 2007 to the federal payrolls.

That increase is from 1.8 million total employees in 2007 to 2.1 million this year. An editorial on Nov. 30 in The Wall Street Journal probably said it best:

"These federal employees operate in a pay-and-benefit universe that no longer exists in the private economy," it states. "According to a recent analyses by USA Today, total compensation for federal workers has risen 37 percent over 10 years — after inflation — compared to 8.8 percent for private workers. ... Unions like to argue that federal jobs are unique, yet in occupations that exist both in government and the private economy — nurses, surveyors, janitors, cooks — the federal government pays 20 percent more than private firms."

Of course, their pay is so generous for one reason alone: it’s not the government’s money, it’s yours.


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