Yet, Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs said the salary survey may be somewhat distorted. Lambert pointed to the employers the survey uses as a basis for comparison—a dozen other states, local counties, and three private-sector companies: Newmont Mining Company, Northern Colorado Medical Center and the University of Denver–and said the survey is skewed.
“It seems these are high-end comparisons,” said Lambert. “We need to a take a look at that to see if the state is using an appropriate benchmark. Otherwise, I mean, why aren’t we pulling a company out of the phone book and asking what do you pay your employees? It might be a more accurate description.”
Additionally, government jobs have stayed fairly constant in terms of total employment throughout the down economy, says Lambert, while private-sector jobs have dropped by about 100,000.