With municipalities continuing to attack fire department budgets, and your pay and benefits, is your local paper inaccurately reporting how rich state and local workers are these days?

Here’s a little help shining a bright light on that kind of shoddy reporting. This study by the National Institute on Retirement Security uses solid data and analysis to show that “state and local government workers earn an average of 11% and 12% less, respectively, than comparable private sector workers.”

While the study may not apply directly to fire fighters, it can be used as ammunition with decision-makers and the media to show how incorrectly the other side is representing itself.