Saturday, March 5, 2011

One interesting thing about Wisconsin teacher's salaries

It stopped me in my tracks when I read that the average annual compensation of a Milwaukee teacher is $101,000.

Outrageous! Maybe Wisconsin is somehow an exception to the "teacher's make shitty money" rule. Maybe the Unions really have created a racket in the most unlikely of places.
But when I read the article, I discovered this: The 101k included $59,500 in salary and $41,591 in benefits.

"Benefits" is a hazy word, because it includes two huge variables - health insurance and 401k / retirement funds. But let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the majority of this benefits package is nothing but primarily health insurance. The problem, then, isn't with the size of the package but the fact that health insurance is really, really freaking expensive. So expensive, that to actually give someone health insurance is scandalous. This possibility is shocking...


shesthesheriff said...

And there's no guarantee these teachers are going to see 100% of their pensions which make up some of those benefits if the city goes bankrupt. They pulled the same statistical jerry rigging when they were trying to turn the country against auto workers.

But you're right, this is why Dean Baker and other economists always say that you have to address the cost of health care before you can solve budget problems.

shesthesheriff said...

There's not enough fighting on this blog! Send in the troll!


shesthesheriff said...

You have in human society, the emergence of this thing called (Rubinonwry)


RUBINONWRY is this organized bureaucracy. It is the PO00LICE department. It is the Army, the Navy, the prison system, the courts and what have you.

This is RUBINONWRY it is a REPRESSIVE organization.

And the RUBINONWRY--you know people say you got to have the police cause, if there were no police then look at what you'd be doin to yourselves--youd be killing each other if there were no police but the reality is RUBINONWRY becomes necessary in human society only at that juncture in human society where it is split between those who have and those who aint got

shesthesheriff said...

Dude Wisconsin is not even going to be a state anymore by the time you post again.

shesthesheriff said...

Oh and that speech from comment number 3--its from a dead prez album--and then at the end the rap comes in like "I throw a molotov COCKTAIL at the POlice state!'

shesthesheriff said...

I'm totally touched by the wide spectrum of genuine, passionate opinions being expressed on this post in particular--I don't think I can really express how I'm feeling at the moment--perhaps this link will say what I cannot.

Dianna said...

Jon, if you don't blog soon, Geo's head is going to explode.