Being A Public Employee Is Still a Pretty Sweet Gig

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Being A Public Employee Is Still a Pretty Sweet Gig

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

Mark the tape.  A Politifact report that is fair and accurate.  Given the history of this feature, I guess it's true that - as a Federal judge I knew used to often say - a blind squirrel does occasionally find an acorn.

Despite the infantile explosion against Act 10, the truth is that being a public employee in Wisconsin remains a pretty decent job.  It's true that raises have been limited (at least temporarily)  - but that's what has been going in in the private sector for quite some time.  It's also true that some public employees are no longer guaranteed a job for life.  However job security in the public sector is still a lot greater than in "the real world".

And when it comes to benefits, even Post Act 10, there's still no comparison.

As Politifact notes, most people in the private sector pay somewhere between 20% and 25% of the cost of their employer-provided health care premiums.  In contrast, the typical public employee pays approximately 10% to 12% of the cost of their health insurance.  While this is more than many employees contributed pre-Act 10, it's still a pretty decent deal.

And this is without even considering the relative strengths of the particular plans - co-pays, deductibles, size of network, etc.

Don't even get me started on the glaring difference that still remains between the typical pension offered to public employees versus retirement plans for most in the private sector.

Nobody likes to pay more for anything - but it doesn't seem like Act 10 has caused the devastation that some predicted.  All in all, being a public employee in Wisconsin seems to remain a pretty decent job.

We'll discuss this issue during the 2 p.m. hour of today's program.

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