The Illinois Policy Institute's quest to prove that government employees are overpaid has now reached ridiculous levels. After writing an unscientific white paper last month perpetuating the myth of a "state employee wealth class," the conservative think tank penned a blog post yesterday complaining that two housekeepers employed by the state earn a shockingly high salary of ... $28,154 per year. The author compared that to the mean salary for a housekeeper in Illinois, which is $21,350 (just a nudge above the federal
poverty line). Last week, the Institute also griped about the modest annual salaries earned by DMV cashiers: $31,266, on average.
If their intention is to stoke outrage about government waste, this might not be the best strategy.