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New Study Concludes Public Employees Generally Paid Less Than Private

LANSING (WWJ) Data recently reviewed by Gov. Rick Synder showed that public employees in Michigan are paid more than twice their counterparts in the private sector.

 As the governor prepares to deliver his proposed budget to the Legislature February 17 a new report  funded in part by a coalition of public employee unions in Michigan shows just the opposite.

The study by the Economic Policy Institute comes to the opposite conclusion, that public workers, including teachers, are generally paid less than their private sector counterparts.
The governor’s press secretary, Sarah Wurfel states, “Different reports come to different conclusions when they have different intents. And I think the intent of the Governors Citizen’s Guide was probably three-fold; first, to create a whole new level of transparency. Second, to show all the money coming in and going out the door, and three, to provide a really realistic view of the state’s fiscal health.”

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