The growing sector of the economy
The Asian Badger wonders how many government employees it takes to screw in the development lightbulb:
200 people on the payroll at the Milwaukee business development office? Assuming the above isn’t a typo, that’s just moronic. What the hell could 200 people possibly have to do and justify a paycheck? It’s not like they’ve had any big wins in the last, I don’t know how many years.
Let’s assume the average salary is $40,000 with a benefits package of $35,000. That’s $75,000 x 200 or $15,000,000 in salary for what? Has this bloated group pulled in enough new businesses to expand the tax rolls by $15,000,000 per year? And that’s just to break even.
In the private sector, the above office would be staffed by 5, maybe 10 people who would have true accountability AND responsibility. Notice that Walker’s office, which encompasses all of Milwaukee County, has only FOUR people and a budget of $400,000.
Meanwhile, the City of Milwaukee is contemplating cutting police positions.