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West Virginia’s Public Employees are Compensated Less than Private Sector Employees

April 26, 2011 by and

Governors and legislators across the country are targeting public sector compensation as they try to cut spending and rein in budget deficits. To justify cuts to wages and benefit packages, the argument is that public sector workers have it better than their private sector counterparts. What is the situation in West Virginia? An analysis by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy compares the compensation received by public (state and local) and private sector workers in West Virginia and finds that public sector workers are not compensated at a higher level than their private sector counterparts. Read