This topic has seemed to be pretty hot, especially here in CA due in part to the scandal taking place in Bell, CA. For those that don't know, bell is a suburb of LA that is a lower middle class, working kind of town. Recently, the City Manager, Police Chief, and another administrator resigned over the anger of the pay. The City Manager was alegedly making upwards of $800,000 a year. We as California tax payers are on the hook right now for his CalPERS pension, which clocks in at 400,00 a year, based on earnings and duration. The Police Cheif's pay was around 400,000 and so on.
Because of this scandal, we have been swamped with calls at my muni in regards to what each individual is being paid, especially the City Manager. Even the California League of Cities has gotten into the act in terms of damage control:
For us public sector employees, it is tough to measure what we do against a private sector position, but really, how much is too much? Are public sector employees getting a fair shake when it comes to pay? Are they paid too much, or too little (and hence remember the benefits). Is the "mob mentality" through movements such as the Tea Party (see i can be politically correct ) setting up government employees as the "bad guy". What say you?