Wednesday, January 5, 2011

State Budgets and Public Employees

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 10:06 a.m.

State and local government workers have reason to feel somewhat besieged. Declining revenues in many states have compelled politicians to take a hard look at expenses, and increasingly, the focus has been on salary and benefit packages promised to public employees. Research suggests that compared to the private sector, some state and local workers do earn more, but critics argue targeting public employees' wage and benefit packages and their collective bargaining power is an easy way to side step more basic issues such as the need for economic growth. Join us for a discussion of state budgets and public sector employees.


Lee Saunders
Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,

David Leonhardt
columnist, New York Times

Kim Rueben
public finance economist, The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

Fred Siegel
senior fellow, Center for State and Local Leadership at the Manhattan Institute

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