Federal Employees Paid Well Below Private Sector Counterparts

By: Monday October 22, 2012 10:00 am

If you compare organized federal employees, many of whom have college degrees, to unorganized service-sector and retail workers, then yes, you will find higher wages in the public sector. But if you do an apples-to-apples comparison between public employees and their private-sector counterparts in related fields, you will find that the public sector is significantly undervalued.

White House Extends Federal Pay Freeze

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 6:22 am

Here’s something for Michael “There’s been no short-term austerity” Grunwald to chew on: President Obama will extend the federal employee pay freeze into next year, meaning that federal employees will have seen their wages stagnate for at least two and a half years. The freeze will stay in effect until a spending plan is passed, [...]

Government Has Smallest Workforce Since 1968

By: Monday August 6, 2012 11:34 am

We’ve been talking about how this Great Recession, and its aftermath, represents a private-sector recovery and a public-sector depression. We haven’t seen government payrolls get slashed this deeply in some time in America. In fact, we now have statistics to put to that, courtesy of Jordan Weissman at the Atlantic. He looks at the ratio [...]

Tens of Thousands of Federal Employees to Get Layoff Notices Right Before Election

By: Friday July 27, 2012 7:35 am

The fight over the automatic trigger cuts, which will take place at the end of the year without Congressional action, took an interesting turn this week. The Senate passed a bill that will force the Obama Administration to provide details on how they will implement the cuts. This bill has already passed the House with [...]

Ryan Apologizes for Intimating That Military Brass Lied to Congress

By: Sunday April 1, 2012 9:52 am

Paul Ryan performed a phalange-ectomy today on CNN’s State of the Union today, cleaning up comments he made about military leaders lying to Congress about their true opinions on the defense budget. Here’s how he answered Candy Crowley’s question about the exchange: RYAN: I really misspoke, to be candid with you, Candy. I didn’t mean [...]

Ryan Budget to Include Federal Workforce Cuts to Pay for Defense Trigger

By: Friday March 16, 2012 7:01 am

Next week, Paul Ryan will introduce the Republican budget, which we already know will set a discretionary spending level roughly $20 billion below the spending cap negotiated in the debt limit deal. We also know that it will include the premium support program for Medicare that would end the guaranteed system in favor of a [...]

Payroll Tax Cut Deal Could Get Vote in Both Chambers Today

By: Friday February 17, 2012 7:40 am

The House has released the conference report for the payroll tax cut agreement. It’s pretty much what we heard last night. The plan is for both the House and Senate to pass the conference report today, so that both chambers can go out on recess next week. This violates the House rule of having 72 [...]

Deal on Payroll Tax/UI Bill To Get Vote Within Days

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 6:28 am

Negotiators say they have a deal on a $150 billion bill to extend the payroll tax cut, some unemployment insurance benefits and the “doc fix” to the end of the year, a bill that will sacrifice some health care prevention money, several weeks of unemployment eligibility, and at the very end, pension contributions for new [...]

Payroll Tax/UI Bill Still Mired in Negotiations Over Pay-Fors

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 10:59 am

There is less optimism now over the prospects of a deal wrapping up on the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and a doctor’s fix on Medicare reimbursement rates than there was this morning. Leading House Democrats exhibited caution over declaring a deal done. “We’re still a long ways from getting there,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra [...]

The Remarkable Public Sector Depression

By: Monday January 9, 2012 6:15 am

It irks me to hear Democratic officials hail “private sector jobs numbers” or the “rebound in the private sector,” as if there are somehow two economies out there, and the amount of jobs up or down in the one where governments happen to sign the paychecks somehow has no bearing on the other. When cops [...]

House Republicans Unveil Partisan Legislation on Payroll Tax Cut and UI

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 9:35 am

House Speaker John Boehner announced his party’s year-end legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance benefits and a patch to prevent a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement to doctors. The legislation also includes poison pills which the President already vowed to reject, designed as sweeteners to get conservative members on board. One [...]

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