In the United States, the average public sector worker earns $57,775 a year — about $2,511 more than someone doing the same job in the private sector.
Given that the private sector generates all the tax revenues for a public sector to exist, anyone who finished first grade arithmetic can see we have a big problem. This isn’t an issue of how much we value public sector jobs, it’s an issue of accepting the reality of how those jobs are funded.
If you’re curious which states are on the fastest track to a budget crisis, here are the top 10 states where pubic workers make more than private employees:
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(Sources: Bureau of Economic Analysis; USA TODAY)