About a year ago, USA Today reported that federal workers are earning twice what their private sector counterparts take in:
At a time when workers’ pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees’ average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.
So, given that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought a Sense of the Senate resolution on Shared Sacrifice (which, Ed Morrissey reports, fell “to defeat on a procedural vote“), how about asking federal workers who draw their salary from taxpayer funds to share in the sacrifice?
I mean, if a private company suffers a revenue shortfall, it often cuts costs by reducing the salaries of its employees. Our federal government has such a shortfall and federal workers have been seeing pay and benefit increases even as the company, er, government, operates in deficit.
So, here’s a suggestion. According to Wikipedia (citing 2005 census figures), the median gross income of all persons working full time is $39.509. We’ll take $42,500, a number a little higher than that (to be generous to our government employees), as our baseline.
We wouldn’t ask federal employees to sacrifice any of that $42,500, but every dime they earn over that and less than $85,000 (twice $42,500) will be cut by 10%, every dime over $85,000 and less than $170,000 (twice $85,000) will be cut by 20% and everything over $170,000 will be cut by 30%. (more…)