You are hearing a lot of Public vs. Private salary comparisons. Broad comparisons are not accurate, because the private sector has so many more minimum wage working poor... That's where the "conservatives" are lying to you. Where the "liberals" are lying to you is on benefit packages - things that are not included in their salary comparisons.
Anyway... from my POV, amounts of salaries are not the issue -- IF the job is being done effectively.
Leaving the teacher unions aside and not even addressing that (there is such a huge disparity between the salary-benefit packages of Elementary/High School, career colleges and university systems) - what about the protections that public employees have, compared to those of us in the private sector? How do you control and evaluate job performance? How long does it take to rid the system of "dead wood" and "slackers"? Are our government’s offices tightly run operations, or full of salaries that just take up budget room and don't contribute to public service?
If my employer doesn't like the way I do my job - if I'm not effective and productive - then I'm gone - immediately. This doesn't seem to be the case with public employees.
My employer does not need a reason to get rid of me. Unless there is age, sex or religious discrimination involved, I am SOL.
And if we don't please our customers, we are out of bizness...
We - all of us - seem to be paying more for gubmint (look at the increases in local income and property taxes) and getting less return all the time.
There should be a way to keep collective bargaining, but still streamline and effectively downsize gubmint to look more like the private sector.
Many of us in the private sector feel that we are paying for things we don't receive. Top that out with those protections that most of us do not have, and you have a LOT of resentment...
On the other hand, I don't see how you can take someone's right to strike (or to quit their job) away... What happens if mass amounts of safety providers strike? Does the gubmint send "Brown Shirts" to their houses and force them back to work? Fine them twice their salaries and then put them in debtor's prision? If I'm reading the bill, with all the attendant provisons correctly, those things could happen. Sound's like Europe in the 30's...
Looks to me like the sponsors of SB-5 are counting on no strong reactions - what happens if they are wrong?