How to control government salaries

Poway Roger Poway Roger 3 Comments


Regarding the recent Steve Greenhut article, Does Bell Toll for Excessive Public Pay

Part of the problem is that many politicians, no matter how conservative they might claim to be, tend to forget how the money for salaries is generated.

Another problem, the politicians believe they must pay top dollar to keep talent.  Although that mindset must stop, no agency wants to be the first to control bureaucrat salaries.

We must find a way to control salaries, since our elected officials for the most part can’t find the way to do so.

I suggest an initiative that would base the salary of government employees on that of the chief executive of the state (Governor), with no public employee in the state exceeding that amount. If agencies want to pay more, let them find the money from outside sources.

For example, if coaches are “that good,” then additional funds for their salaries could come from increased ticket sales. That should provide the incentive to fill the seats.

Don’t like this solution? Come up with another, but remember, this is government, NOT the private sector. There should be some sort of restriction placed on salaries, starting at the top.


Comments 3

  1. SustainSD draws upon a left wing “study” to lamely try to justify the disparity. You can tell it’s a dishonest study right off the bat — it doesn’t count the unfunded liability as part of the employees benefit package. And it cherrypicks the “private sector” — comparing with rich companies and monopolies (utility companies).

    Rather than bother going through all the half truths and non-truths of the apologia, let me tell how a private sector employer determines if he is paying too little — or to much — for a position.

    Two factors:

    1. How many qualified people are applying for job openings?

    2. How many employees are leaving?

    Using this simple but objective analysis tool, it QUICKLY becomes clear that we are paying most of our public employees more than necessary to get the job done. A LOT more than necessary.

    There are exceptions — notably police pay which is competitive but arguably not excessive. But almost all other CA state and local positions overpay and overbenefit the employees to no purpose.

    BTW, the study overlooks the fact that CA employees are paid FAR more than OTHER states pay on average. The study researchers “overlook” it because they have no explanation for the disparity. For instance:

    The average California firefighter paid 60% more than firefighters in other 49 states. CA cops are paid 56% more.

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