Never mind that New York Times editorial the other day admitting, "Salaries and benefits for state employees outstrip the private sector."
The New York Times's economic scene columnist, David Leonhardt, has his facts, darn it, and he's sticking to them, no matter what the editorial writers say. He writes, "No wonder that academic papers spanning more than 30 years have found that government workers receive compensation that is similar — with somewhat lower salaries and somewhat better benefits on average — to that of private sector workers with similar qualifications."
The survey Mr. Leonhardt links to is written by — surprise! — two Wisconsin public employees!