Fun Facts to Know and Tell
About my home state of New York …
- Between 2001 and 2009, public school enrollment declined 4.6%, according State Education Department data. Yet more staff were hired, and the fastest growing category was non-teachers, up a staggering 26%. There’s room to trim without hurting children.
- According to the Reason Foundation’s annual report on state highway systems, New York ranks in the bottom five of all 50 states in the condition of its roads and bridges—despite spending $407,122 per mile on repair and maintenance, compared with the national average of $134,535. Reason called New York’s highway maintenance “extremely inefficient,” noting that work rules put too many employees at the same work site or on the same shovel. Those rules need to be changed.
- The average state employee earns a whopping $92,332 total compensation for an average workweek of 37.5 hours, according to the Empire Center for New York State Policy (based on figures from the state comptroller’s office).