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Why are taxpayers shelling out more for worse service?

• Aug 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Taxpayers in cities across Michigan are paying large amounts of overtime and extra pay to municipal employees, writes Jarrett Skorup for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy blog.

“In some cases, cities pay two or three times a typical salary for just one person to do a job,” he notes.

For example, 26 employees of the City of Grand Rapids each made more than $20,000 in overtime pay last year, according to Skorup. And through overtime, 378 Grand Rapids city employees pushed their pay last year to more than $80,000.

“The president of the union representing supervisors and managers in the Flint water department earned $161,000 in 2016 and $149,000 in 2017,” he added. “In both years, his base salary was roughly one-third his gross pay. The rest came from overtime, ‘standby’ time and union release time.”

A maintenance worker for the Detroit People Mover elevated train, whose base salary was $57,000 last year, instead earned nearly $175,000, wrote Skorup, who is the director of marketing and communications for the Mackinac Center. That was more than his general manager. 

Find out why that’s happening, and what should be done about it, by reading Skorup’s complete blog post: “Why Taxpayers Are Shelling Out More Money for Worse Service.”

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