Conservatives are slashing state budgets, as well as tax rates for the well-to-do. They’re blaming budget problems on the alleged high pay of public employees.
Wages of public employees are typically lower than those of people working in
private companies with similar levels of education and work experience.
Nonetheless, critics frequently point to better benefits in the public sector, and
advocate cutting public employee pension, health, and other benefits.
However, even with better benefits calculated into the equation, a number of
analyses have found that public employees receive less total compensation
than their private sector peers.2