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    Morning Bell: Why Should I Care About the U.S. Debt?

    You’re busy. So busy you barely have time to read these words. So why should you care about the us debt? Does it affect your life? Unfortunately, high government debt is having more of an impact on each of us than we realize. Heritage’s Romina Boccia explains that high levels … More

    Large Supply of Elementary Teachers Waiting to Be “Underpaid”

    The supply of elementary school teachers greatly exceeds the demand for them among public-school districts, according to data collected by Education Week. This fact has a number of implications for education policy, but one of them—not directly mentioned in the article—stands out: If elementary-school teachers are truly “underpaid,” as teacher … More

    Google+ Hangout: Should Federal Workers Get a Raise?

    Government employee unions are using a flawed study of federal pay to lobby for an end to President Obama’s freeze on cost-of-living salary increases. Obama’s decision will be significant: salaries and benefits for civilian workers totaled an alarming $271 billion last year. Heritage’s Jason Richwine and Andrew G. Biggs of … More

    United Nations Conceals Inconvenient Salary Data

    The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) recently updated its information on salaries for U.N. personnel, but it is concealing some very important information. Earlier this week, I wrote a paper using U.N. information detailing how net remuneration for U.N. professional staff is 31.3 percent higher than that of theirU.S. equivalents … More

    Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Income Workers

    Should we raise the minimum wage? The editors at Bloomberg think so. They maintain that low-wage jobs are expanding and that a minimum wage hike would boost the economy. Despite these notions, hiking the minimum wage remains a bad idea. Bloomberg first laments that low-wage jobs are becoming the norm: … More

    Lawmakers Want to Extend Pay Freeze for Congress, Federal Workers

    Members of Congress will vote Wednesday to freeze their salaries through 2013 and impose the same pay limitation on non-military federal workers. The vote in the U.S. House comes just two days after the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that federal workers are paid 16 percent more in total compensation — … More

    Members of Congress Earn Big Salaries and Fringe Benefits

    Congress’ job approval ratings have sunk to around 20 percent, while their disapproval is up to an average of 73.4 percent. Yet for all of America’s dissatisfaction—and Congress’ failure to combat the nation’s fiscal crisis—Members of Congress are earning salaries and fringe benefits that far exceed those of the average … More