Study: Most state workers don’t make more than their private counterparts

By Douglas Rooks, Sun Journal
Posted April 24, 2011, at 10:38 p.m.

While a conservative think tank was releasing figures last week that its leaders said show the cost of Maine’s public employees has risen faster than similar jobs in the private sector over the last 13 years, a major state study getting some traction after gathering dust for nearly two years shows that most state workers do worse than their private-sector counterparts even when benefits are considered.

The version of the study released through an FOAA request last fall from the Maine State Employees Association shows that for most of the employee categories represented by the MSEA, state workers earn wages lower than their private-sector counterparts. When generally higher employee benefits are added in, state workers in general still lag behind the private sector.

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