Tonight the Ed Show heads to Ohio’s Capitol to broadcast live from the Columbus Professional Firefighter Union Hall. Some of our guests include Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Tim Ryan. We’ll talk to local electeds, teachers and of course a lot of firefighters about their effort to repeal SB5.
As luck would have it, today a conservative group called the Ohio Business Roundtable put out a report on public sector versus private sector compensation. According to their statistics:
The study found that public employees earn about 2.5 percent less in direct pay than their private-sector equivalents but benefit from much more generous pension, health, and other benefits. It figured that pay and benefits for public employees are 31.2 percent more generous.
The study went on to determine that public-sector employees enjoy greater job security than their private brethren, something that the study values at 9.3 percent of compensation.
In total, it calculated that public sector workers earn 43.4 percent more.
Of course, that’s a total joke. The study (written by a guy from the ultra-conservative American Enterprise Institute) totally bends the numbers to make public workers look like they’re living high on the hog and ripping off tax payers.
Amy Hanauer, of the Cleveland-based liberal think tank Policy Matters Ohio, accused the study of employing “funny math” and being selective in what it considered.
“Public employees are paid pretty modestly but receive more in benefits,” she said. “Think about the jobs that they do. These are the people who pick up your garbage, keep the community safe, and help kids cross the street. These are generally not people getting rich in their jobs.”
And when you look at the report by the Economic Policy Institute that came out in February, the AEI study looks even more ridiculous
On an annual basis, full-time state and local employees and school employees are under-compensated by 5.9% in Ohio, in comparison to otherwise similar private-sector workers. When comparisons are made for differences in annual hours worked, the gap remains, albeit at a smaller percentage of 3.3%.
Ed will take this study head on tonight. And we’ll also talk about John Boehner’s dismissal of the President’s “American Jobs Act”. Republicans in Ohio and nationally have a lot to answer for tonight. We hope you’ll come down to Columbus and join us! Or if you can’t make it catch us on the tube!