Government Employees Doing Better Than Those Forced To Pay Them

        Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

   Wherein we see, recession or not, deficit or not, compensation for government workers keeps increasing.

Pay for public sector workers is soaring: Report
By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO – The cost of salary and benefits for Ontario public sector workers has increased by 47% in less than a decade, growing at a significantly faster rate than either inflation or the provincial economy, according to a new Fraser Institute report.

How Compensation Spending Consumes Government Resources in Ontario concluded that even with current government restraint measures, up to three-quarters of all new spending on programs goes to cover staff pay.


   “Restraint” in government means giving the appearance of restraint, not real cost containment.

"The compensation of government employees in Ontario currently consumes more than half of all program spending," said the report, which was released Wednesday. "Ontario’s finances have become increasingly precarious due to the government consistently spending more than the revenue it collects. The growth in compensation spending has played a role in adding to the strain in the government finances."

Ontario is currently labouring under a $12.5-billion deficit, and the Kathleen Wynne government has vowed to bring the provincial books into black by 2017-18.

Wynne has frozen the pay of some public sector workers, including MPPs, and told school boards and other provincially- funded agencies that there will be no extra money for staff pay raises.

The Fraser Institute’s report said that the most recent efforts to put a lid on public sector worker compensation comes after years of ballooning costs.

The report looked at the growth in provincial government compensation spending between 2005/06 and 2013/14.

It found that compensation growth soared by 47.1% over a time period when inflation rose only 15.1%.

The number of government jobs increased by 10.9%, meaning that more money was being spent on fewer workers, the report said.

"Ontarians should ask themselves if the jump in compensation spending for provincial government employees has translated into more or better services for their families," report coauthor Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute, said in a statement.

The authors estimated that the cost per government job increased to about $75,960 in 2013 from about $67,877 in 2005

The report noted that a big boost in compensation spending occurred between 2005-09. 


  Since most government jobs are irrelevant, any questions asked about them are equally irrelevant.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies



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