TCPR questions high pay of government employees

October 3, 2010 10:46AM

The Chattanooga Times Free Press interviews Tennessee Center for Policy Research president Justin Owen after taking a look at the salaries of the 50 highest paid public employees in the Chattanooga area.

Justin Owen, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy [Research], a conservative think tank, complained that government agencies aren’t subject to the market discipline of the private sector. Public employers haven’t had to trim staff and expenses as much as private businesses during the recession of the past three years, he said. “With the economy stalling, it seems like the only part of the economy that is not shrinking is the government sector,” Owen said.

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