Shouldn’t the Public Sector Share the Pain?

By 07/25/2011

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Democrats in Congress are urging still more aid to state and local governments to forestall cuts in personnel. But according to the latest figures from the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York, “overall state-local government employment is now 2 percent below its level at the start of the recession, while private employment is down 5.8 percent over the same period.”  Our president has rightly called for an equitable sharing of the pain caused by the economic downturn.  It is time for the public sector to step up.  If the right cuts are made, the public sector can remain equally effective but operate in a more efficient manner.

-Paul E. Peterson

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  • Justen Eason says:

    I am currently looking for a job as a teacher and I can tell you that in Georgia, I have had many more interviews for private companies than public companies. So, while those statistics may be true for the nation as a whole the public sector of some areas are still struggling compared to the private sector. My personal experience shows that in this state, the private sector is doing much better than the public sector.

  • Bill Tucker says:

    Justen Eason’s personal experiences are backed up by the data. The article linked above makes it clear that the public sector is sharing the pain. While there were massive job losses in the private sector in 2008-2009, the chart shows that private sector jobs are returning. The public sector, especially at the state and local level, has been shedding jobs for the past two years and the trend is accelerating. The public sector job losses are keeping unemployment rates from falling. For a better look at the composition of job loss, take a look at this US News chart:

  • ednextmichael says:

    Shouldn’t those who caused the pain share it most?

  • Sir John Falstaff says:

    What “right cuts” do you propose Mr. Peterson?

  • Paul E. Peterson says:

    A good place to begin would be to have pensions begin at age 65 and for employees in the public sector to pay the same co-share toward benefits as the average in the private sector.

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