R.I. has 6th-least government employees

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT workers make up a smaller share of the total work force in Rhode Island than in most states. (<a href=Click here to view the full chart.) / " title="STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT workers make up a smaller share of the total work force in Rhode Island than in most states. (Click here to view the full chart.) /"/>
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT workers make up a smaller share of the total work force in Rhode Island than in most states. (Click here to view the full chart.) /
PROVIDENCE – Contrary to popular belief, Rhode Island does not have all that many state and local government workers compared with other states, a new study has found. Last year, there were 53,185 non-federal public employees in Rhode Island, with 33,940 of them working for local governments and 19,245 working for the state. As a…

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps it would have been better for Alaska if “Tea-Party” Sarah Palin hadn’t quit as Governor of Alaska and, instead, worked to lower that State’s second-place ranking of government employees as a percentage of its workforce.

  2. Good story, and a starting point for further questions.

    So if the number of public workers is not causing the state’s reputed high taxes, then something else must be.

    How do R.I.’s tax revenues per capita compare to other states?

    Are taxes uniformly high for all R.I. residents, or are a disproportionate share of residents paying far too little, resulting in high taxes for the remainder?

    What is the state spending per public employee, and how does that compare nationally?

  3. A witless study by a witless Center for Economic and Policy Research. The real measure is what percentage of a state’s overall GDP must be dedicated to funding government activities. This is not even mentioned in the study. How many employees are digging the ditches comes second to that criteria.