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  • The Underworked Public Employee: Government workers take it easier than their private counterparts.

    12/05/2012 9:24:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/05/2012 | By ANDREW G. BIGGS AND JASON RICHWINE
    With state and local governments struggling to balance budgets in a still sluggish economy, government employment has fallen by 562,000 jobs since September 2008, a decline of 2.6%. In response, the Obama administration has called for more federal aid—on top of the $250 billion doled out in the 2009 Recovery Act—to help keep state and local government payrolls near prerecession levels. But supporters of more federal aid implicitly assume that the size of the public sector was optimal before the recession. On the contrary, overstaffing is a serious problem in government, and the best evidence is a simple empirical fact:...