Primarily Bribes

There will be a primary election this Tuesday in New Jersey where all the party-line candidates should win. The only reason to go through with this charade (aside form Hirsh Singh’s parents keeping him out of trouble by funding his vanity campaign) is for vested interests (mostly unions and corporate PACs) to present their bribes which are listed on the NJELEC webssite with downloadable data that yields these interesting tidbits:

$36 million donated of which 65% went to Democrats though, with the party’s presumptive gubernatorial candidate getting $4.1 million each, it raises the Democrat take from bribers to 70%.

Feel free to go through the spreadsheet to locate any of the game players of interest to you. For example, the NJEA chipped in a comparatively modest $201,072, some of which went to Republicans (even if from years ago):

Other notable (for me) names:

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 7, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    There is disagreement, even among the experts, on the “average” advantage/disadvantage of public workers.
    You’re no “expert” Monkey Boi. But here IS an “Expert”:
    While “miscellaneous” public employees collect pay and benefit packages that are over 50 percent greater than their private sector counterparts – much more if you take into account the reasons their compensation is underestimated – that disparity is dwarfed by the TC/MHI ratio for California’s public safety employees.,for%20California's%20public%20safety%20employees.


  2. Posted by Stephen Douglas on June 7, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women, take their money and then vote against them, you have no business being up here.”

    Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh

    It appears, from Open Secrets®, that “Democrat-favoring Industries” donate a much higher percentage to one party (e.g., Public sector unions, 89.6 percent to Democrats.) While Republican-favoring Industries are more egalitarian (Business Assns, 68.9 percent Republicans). Or are they just hedging their bets; renting a seat at both tables?


    • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 7, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      “If you can’t kick Monkey Boi’s ass all over the Internet, eat his lunch on a daily basis debunking his comments, drink from his public whoppers kool-aid, screw his mind over mentally like a challenged circus chimp, take his Gov workfare money and then downvote all his goofy ass comments then you have no business being up here.”

      Rex “Big Puppy” Wonder Dog 🐾😺🐾😺🐾


  3. Posted by Stephen Douglas on June 7, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    C’mon, Edward. You can do better.

    Even Breitbart, and others of the ilk, have come up with scarier numbers.

    California Employer Cost of Employee Compensation, Dec. 2020

    Private sector workers … $36.23 per hour

    State and local workers…$53.47 per hour

    That’s a 48% advantage right there, and it includes (ostensibly) benefits and paid time off. Myriad almost irrelevant reasons these figures are off.

    For one, most governments are “large employers” (500 workers or more). According to BLS… Private workers…$53.83 per hour (side note, “paid leave is worth $4.91 /hour, vs. $4.04 for state and local workers)

    Overall, large private establishments earn slightly more than public workers -including- more paid time off, ceteris paribus.

    The big dichotomy is not between public and private workers, but between large employers and “all employers”. (note, ” all employers ” includes large employers.)
    It gets worse:
    “small employers (1-99) earn only $29.99/hr, including $1.88 for paid time off.

    So -either- large employers or public workers earn 80 percent more than workers in small establishments.

    It’s a large and complicated comparison, Mr. Ring. Easy to mislead, whether intentional or not.

    That being before you get to the boilerplate BLS caveat:
    “Compensation cost levels in state and local government should not be directly compared with levels in private industry. Differences between these sectors stem from factors such as variation in work activities and occupational structures.”

    The “apples and oranges” problem.

    In 2012, the GAO published a “study of studies” comparing public and private pay, including:

    human capital approach (3 studies)
    job-to-job approach (2 studies)
    trend analysis approach (1 study)

    GAO Report to Congressional Requesters
    Results of Studies on Federal Pay Varied Due to Differing Methodologies
    June 2012

    If you guessed that all studies had differing results (and all different from yours), I will send you a cigar.

    And it is true. Police and firefighters on average make much more than other public workers, primarily because they retire earlier, sometimes mandated so. Early retirement has been a feature of military and safety retirement in the U.S. and most other countries since Hector was a pup.

    The 1948 Hook Commission stated this purpose well [5, p. 40]:

    a sound retirement system is essential to solving the superannuation problem. The services must be kept young, vigorous, and efficient: a sound retirement plan with a proper compulsory retirement age will permit youth and brains to rise to the top in time to be effective…. Other concepts of retirement for those taking up the profession of arms are also important and have been taken into consideration but the Commission does not consider them to be controlling.

    And it is expensive.


  4. Posted by Stephen Douglas on June 8, 2021 at 12:34 am

    And, every survey, calculation, study, or educated guess that purports to say whether the average public sector or private sector worker is overpaid, is missing vital context.
    In every state, and every OECD country, there is a floor under public pay and a ceiling over which public pay will not reach the highest private sector pay. Not even close.

    At the lower end, public wages will be similar to private wages, but benefits and pensions will give them a decided advantage.

    At the higher end, public workers will earn lower wages than equivalent private sector workers, and the greater pensions and OPEBs will not be enough to compensate for lower wages.

    In the middle is a group of public workers whose pay is lower than equivalent private workers, but their higher pensions roughly compensate for the lower pay. Hundreds of thousands of public workers who, even with their “generous” pensions, are neither over nor under-paid. Whether you agree with it or not. Whether you believe it or not, it is logical and incontrovertible. It is ubiquitous and older than any of us. You can’t change it, nor should you.


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