OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Monday, August 07, 2006 :::

Because They're Worth It?

Sunday's TD featured a piece that probably as a few tongues wagging around local government water coolers today:

Nearly 200 local bureaucrats now pull down six-figure salaries, but officials say that's what it takes to be competitive in the metro Richmond job market.

And that's why they say the average government paycheck in the area's two biggest counties -- Chesterfield and Henrico ran $2,000 to $3,000 a year more than the metro area average for all employers, public and private.

The old saw that governments must pay high wages to lure the "best people" who might otherwise apply their talents in the private sector is alive and well.

Whether this is true is another question. If anything, it would seem to be the other way around. Which is troubling, indeed.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 8/07/2006 0 comments


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