Stubborn facts, at your service

Do public employees really accept lesser compensation in exchange for job security, as it’s often argued? Do people give up a lot to go into public education just because they love teaching the children? Thanks to the MacIver Institute, the average citizen has a much better chance of finding straight answers to those questions.
 
The MacIver-operated web site www.WIOpenGov.org has just posted 2011 salary and benefit data for more than 105,000 public school teachers and administrators. With the addition of the current-year numbers, the site now has a continuous, 17-year record of compensation data for every K-12 school district in Wisconsin.
 
MacIver president Brett Healy announced the newly-posted information said:

  • 11,469 Wisconsin public school employees will take home more than $100,000 in pay and benefits this year.
  • Overall compensation increased to $6.15 billion this year, compared with $5.97 billion in 2010.
  • The superintendent of the disastrous Milwaukee Public Schools is the state’s highest-paid school official. Gregory Thornton is receiving $265,000 in salary and another $77,398 in fringe benefits.
  • Ranking number two, Madison superintendent Dan Nerad—the man who couldn’t bring himself to do anything serious about 84 of his employees falsely claiming illness so they could blow off work to protest at the Capitol—gets a $201,438 salary and $58,034 in fringe benefits.

In addition to K-12 school employees, the web site has salary and benefit information for tens of thousands of state, county and municipal employees. All of the information is public record and lawfully available to anyone, though Healy notes that some municipalities are more forthcoming than others.

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About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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