The Ohio Business Roundtable recently released a report, coauthored with the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, comparing the compensation of public and private sector workers in Ohio.
The report claims that public workers make 2.5% less in wages than private sector workers, but when a variety of tangible and intangible benefits are factored in, public sector workers take home 43% more.
The finding raised eyebrows, given another recent study by the Economic Policy Institute and a Rutgers University professor who found that Ohio’s public sector workers earn 6% less in total compensation than their private sector counterparts.
What’s the difference? Amy Hanauer at Policy Matters points out a number of flaws in the BRT document. Among the concerns:
Bottom line, the report confirmed what has already been report — that public sector workers in Ohio make less than those in the private sector. The rest was just smoke and mirrors.