Analysis: 20 private taxpayers for every state/local government worker, pensioner in 48th House District
Among registered voters, private sector taxpayers outnumber state and local public sector workers and pensioners nearly 20 to one in the 48th Illinois House district, according to a DuPage Policy Journal analysis.
The 48th District covers parts of DuPage counties in Illinois, including Glen Ellyn, Lombard and Wheaton. It is represented in Springfield by Republican Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard).
As of the March 2016 primary election, there were 81,645 registered voters in the 48th District; 77,075 are private sector taxpayers and 4,570 state or local government employees or pensioners.
The analysis comes amidst a raging debate over rising state and local government payroll spending and massive public pension debts, incurred unbeknownst to many local elected officials and taxpayers.
While they represent a small percentage of the overall vote, state and local government employees and pensioners do vote at higher rate than the average voter.
According to the analysis, voter turnout in 2014 was 47 percent for all voters. It was 65 percent for public employees and 77 percent for public pensioners.
In 2012, voter turnout was 61 percent. But 54 percent of public employees turned out, and 87 percent of public pensioners.
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