Saturday, February 26, 2011

NOW Snyder says his salary report was not an "apples-to-apples" comparison

AS REPORTED BY THE MIRS Capital Capsule - Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Gov. Rick SNYDER in a letter to state employees today defended the numbers he released in late January comparing public and private compensation.

The numbers came from a study by the Andersen Economic Group that did not adjust for factors like level of education and years worked at a job, and the Governor admitted it was not an "apples to apples" comparison.

In an email to state employees today, Snyder defended his use of the numbers, saying ". . . my point was not to make an apples-to-apples jobs comparison but instead take a look at how total public compensation compares to the total compensation of the working public that supports government."

He said that there were far more numbers in his presentation, including information on outdated infrastructure and the non-sustainability of the state's current spending. But he blames the media for not getting that information out.

"Unfortunately, the compensation story took on a life of its own in the media, diverting attention away from the real issues," said Snyder in his email. "You should hear my position directly, as opposed to the media reports and representations."

He said that while there were a few cases of public employees getting less compensation than those in the private sector, there were many more cases where total compensation was higher in the private sector.

He also reminded employees of the shared sacrifice included in the budget, and urged them to "trust in the process."

MY QUESTION: How do we "trust the process" as the governor requests when he allows this study to STAND AS IS, without reporting the problems with it, for over a month?


Here is how to contact Governor Snyder:
Please be sure to use your HOME EMAILS and/or CELL or HOME PHONES!

PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
FAX:(517) 335-6863