It seems to me that there are an awful lot of individuals, who
are paid from tax-revenues, do not have a clue as to how good
they really have "it" when it comes to their income and benefits.
The biggest challenge each year that Government has is getting
the needed tax-revenues to cover their own "Cost of Labor", as well
as, the "Cost of Facilities" used to carry-out intended services.
This "Cost of Labor" would not only include wages, but benefits
and "perks" as well. The "Cost of Facilities" ( paid from tax
revenues ) must provide the needed public services using
efficient and cost effective methods in order to justify the
continued support by the general taxpayer.
This also applies to every position ( employees/administrators )
involved with any agency or institution that has either all, or a
portion of their operating budget derived from taxation, including
our Education System ( K thru 12, College's and Universities ).
With that stated, now use those same "Cost of Labor" and "Cost
of Facilities" factors to the Health-Care/Medical Service Industry,
which is the Industry that happens to be the biggest strain to
State Budgets, and has been referred as the "out-of-control"
"Pac-Man" gobbling up most new tax revenues.
In Private Industry ( most businesses ), what limits their wages,
compensations and benefits is their competitors efforts to
expand their own market share. What determines this is the
decisions made by the Consumers of those products or
services. It's the consumer who forces businesses to
compete for their financial support. In general, a business
has to try and remain competitive, while fulfilling their
Local, County, State and Federal Tax obligations.
The difference between all of the various Governments, the
Medical Health-Care System, and our Education Systems
( both K thru 12 and Colleges/Universities ) is that the Consumers
decide what the Private Sector is able to do, and not them. This
is based on the support generated by the Consumer generating
revenues sufficient to keep a Business solvent. In the
Governmental areas, there is no competition, and is also the
case with the K thru 12 Public School Education System ( unless
you can afford a Private School or are able to receive a
Voucher for use at a Charter School for your children.
There are two common threads with virtually all City, County,
State, and Federal Government Employees with that of most
employees in the Education System ( Public Schools and most
Medical Providers ). They are: 1.) All, or a major portion of
their operating fund comes from Taxation-Revenues, and
2.) All, or a major portion of their work staff are represented
by a Union.
Before you make the decision that I am an anti-Union person,
have no problem with Private Businesses having a Union
since that will be limited ( to the most part ) by that businesses
competitors. The only area that I object to a Private Business
having a Union is when that Business is receiving a major
tax-abatement ( or tax-incentive ). That, in essence, is using
tax revenues, that are supposed to be used for public services,
to subsidize ( or offset ) a higher wage/benefit cost that may
exist due to a Union Contract when compared to a similar
business that is non-Union.
It seems that our Education System in America ( including
our Colleges/Universities ) are always complaining that they
are never getting enough Government Funding, and are
constantly increasing the direct cost to either the parents
or students ( thru higher user fees or tuition increases ).