Watchwoman on the Wall

77,000 Federal Workers Paid More than Governors


It used to be a parent wanted their son or daughter to grow up and be a doctor, a lawyer, or even president – someone who would make a lot of money, live in a nice house, and have everything they wanted in material goods.

Today, a parent might dump that idea and hope their kid gets a berth on the gravy train of federal employment:

More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work.

The findings, from a Congressional Research Service report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, were released at a time when public workers’ salaries and benefits are under scrutiny across the country as governments try to streamline.

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