Sharper Pencils Needed
Date: Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 14:42:36 EST
Topic: Editorials



By Christopher Cullen




For those in public administration who feel that a 10% or even a 15% pay raise next year is a reasonable figure, history is at odds with your assessment. Aside from the fact that the U.S. economy is in meltdown mode, there is not even marginal support for increases of that magnitude, as the chart below indicates:

 
 
 
 
 
Of course there are always individual exceptions. But granting an exceptional increase in pay requires objective support in the form of numerical evidence -- or at least it should, if the public interest is to be faithfully served.



 








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