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It’s Time To Cut Federal Payrolls

By Jerad McHenry

In fixing the federal debt, has anyone considered addressing the federal payscale?

As states and the federal government face tight budgets, and some people demand
governors take pay cuts, 77,000 federal employees make more money than their home
state governors according to a Congressional Research Service report.

As of September 2009, Colorado, Maryland, Arizona, Alabama, and Florida had the
most federal employees earning more than the governor. Colorado, which had the most
federal employees earning more than the governor, had 10,875 employees earning more
than the $90,000 governor’s salary. Maryland had the second highest number of federal
employees earning more than the governor with 7,283 employees earning more than the
$150,000 governor’s salary. Colorado’s governor is among the lowest paid governors in
the nation while Maryland’s gubernatorial pay is above the national average of $130,595
per year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), federal wages are expected to
grow by 10 percent between 2010 and 2018. At the same time, governor salaries
dropped an average of 4 percent in 2010 with California leading the nation decreasing
its gubernatorial salary from $212,179 in 2009 to $173,987 in 2010. In 2009 before
the gubernatorial pay decrease, 709 federal employees in the state made more than the
governor. From 2009 to 2010, Florida decreased its gubernatorial salary by 2 percent,
and Hawaii decreased its gubernatorial salary by 5 percent. North Dakota, Iowa,
and Kentucky gave their governors raises, but they do not expect to grant any more
gubernatorial raises as state budget crises persist.

Almost a quarter of all federal employees earning more than the governor are medical
officers. Attorneys, engineers, program administrators, and air traffic controllers are the
other largest groups to earn more than state governors.

According to BLS, federal workers made an average of $74,403 in 2009, 30 to 40 percent
more than their private sector counterparts.

 

Originally published on the Founders Compass: http://www.thefounderscompass.com/uncategorized/its-time-to-cut-federal-payrolls/

Jerad McHenry is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying political science and journalism.  He is the current media intern for a Wisconsin Tea Party net start up: the Founders Compass