The City Journal reports on the sorry situation of California:
"The economy is struggling, the unemployment rate is high, and many Americans are struggling to pay the bills, but one class of Americans is doing quite well: government workers. Their pay levels are soaring, they enjoy unmatched benefits, and they remain largely immune from layoffs, except for some overly publicized cutbacks around the margins".The situation in Ontario is not much different. The provincial government publishes the list of public employees who make more than $100k/year. With the last data available, this includes a mind boggling 53,300+ employees.
These employees (only those in the list) make a combined salary of over $6.9B, plus $59M in benefits.
The top 40 and the bottom 40 people in this list are shown below (names deleted, but they are publicly available at the site above). Please click to enlarge each list (last column shows taxable benefits, which are added to their salaries):
There are over 53,300 names that go in-between those two lists above.
The lists included thousands of firefighters, police officers, and common employees of Ontario Power Generation, among many others. It seems most people there make over $100k/ year.
For some reason the list does not include people in Ottawa's OC Transpo (bus drivers), where many also make huge salaries.
In the meantime, the province's deficit has ballooned to an expected 24.7B this year, according to its own Finance minister.
This debt will never be repaid. This province is as insolvent as California. These politicians know that sooner or later this situation will explode, most likely it will be for Ontario's children to pay the price.
What a crime.
You can download the entire comma-separated file here in zip format.