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Questions related to payments made by a government to individuals elected or appointed to, or employed by, a government, as compensation in terms of salary, wages, etc.

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Did any country ever implement a minimum salary for public school teachers?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for a minimum salary of $60,000 for public school teachers, capitalizing on the push by President Biden in his State of the Union speech to give public school ...
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US Representatives salary & expenses without being sworn in (no Speaker)

It is my understanding (BBC Summary), that the the first order of business for the US House of Representatives, is to appoint the Speaker. After this, the Representatives are sworn in. Before being ...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

Government employees' salaries are paid for by taxes levied by the government on the labour income of employees among other. Why do governments not simply pay their own employees tax-free salaries? I ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

When the president ends their term of office in several countries, they receive a pension for life. Why is this? (One guess I have is that it could possibly be to secure their future so their ...
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What makes politicians so wealthy during their tenure?

I find it curious that so many politicians leave office much more wealthy than they enter it. I read the question about why do politicians make so much money, but the answers focus on their salary of ...
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Why is the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China so low ($22,000 USD)?

Why is the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China so low? According to Wikipedia, the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China just ¥152,121 RMB ($22,000 USD). How ...
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What was the average pay of an Afghan soldier (before the Taliban took over)?

The BBC reported that The Sigar report also notes that these figures include “ghost” security personnel. This, it says, means that “more than $300 million a year was spent paying salaries to non-...
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What is the minimum salary possible in a Her Majesty's Government's Department's job?

Government of the United Kingdom The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ...
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Have the salaries or benefits of members of the Constitutional Court ever been decreased in a European country?

Background I have watched an interview with an economic analyst arguing that Romania is in a strange situation ("conflict of interest") because the Constitutional Court members are able to ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

This comment says that One of the de facto laws of compensation in a bureaucracy is that nobody can get paid more than the guys at the top Why is that? Is it because of tradition, or is there some ...
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How does "politician" work as a job/career?

How does being a politician work as a job or career? Obviously when you are in office you get a salary (at least at national level). But what happens when you lose the election, or you are running for ...
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In the news, it says "essential" government employees would be required to work without pay. How?

In the news, the reporters have been talking about "essential" (real quotes, not scare quotes) government employees being required to work without pay by these two statements (paraphrased). All ...
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Does President Trump's sister still draw a federal salary?

Maryanne Trump Barry was appointed as a federal judge to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1983, and elevated to its appeals court in 1999. She took senior status in 2011 and ...
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What are the reasons for not calculating government officials' wages in terms of the minimum wage?

In the context of Russian Federation, a deputy of the Duma (the lower assembly) is said to be earning ~400k rubles per month on average (actual amount doesn't matter, only the order of magnitude), ...
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In China, can competent government officials get rich legitimately? [closed]

Under free market capitalism, people can get immensely rich legitimately. Start-up founders can create businesses and make tons of money. Good leaders can be CEOs and make a lot of money. In China, ...
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Do high-level US government officials who are fired receive any compensation?

With the recent terminations of individuals like Tillerson and McMaster, I was wondering if this is costing taxpayers money. Do fired officials get a pension, severance, or other financial ...
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Why are elected representatives paid so much less than corporate top managers? [duplicate]

As an example, the US president is getting around $400k per year. Meanwhile a CEO of a large corporation can easily get tens of millions of dollars per year. Likewise members of the US Senate are paid ...
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What sort of evidence exists that higher salaries for political offices attract better candidates?

Legislators sometimes raise their own pay while claiming that it helps them do a better job and attracts better candidates. Sometimes the pay raises are justified with seemingly scientific claims. ...
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Why do politicians make so much money?

Senators, ministers, presidents, .... all these people earn a lot of money, and not just during their work: when the president of the US leaves office, they will receive about $200,000 annually as a ...
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Why don't politicians decide to pass laws that make themselves really rich?

Why don't US politicians in the Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court decide to give themselves, say, 100 million dollars each? I understand that the politicians doing so wouldn't get ...
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US Presidential salary

I heard once that a member of the US Congress who leaves Congress and later takes a position in the Executive branch cannot receive a salary amount that he/she voted on while in Congress. As a ...
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Do POWs typically get paid for their prison time?

The recent release of Craig Bergdahl has me wondering about the status of prisoners of war from a strictly economic standpoint. When a soldier is POW, he is clearly not in a position to be able to ...
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Where can I see the total compensation (by year?) of each of the employees of the UN?

For example, I read that Ban Ki Moon gets $227,253. But that is only the base salary. it does not include expenses, over-time, and benefits and bonuses. Is there a website or a spreadsheet that lists ...
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How wealthy are state legislators in Texas?

Something you see in political publications from time to time is a piece about "the top 50 wealthiest members of Congress", or "the average wealth of senators". However, I've found that information ...
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Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't?

Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't? For example, why does Congress get paid, while FDA inspectors are furloughed? And why are ...
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Why do US politicians spend so much on campaigns when the salary is not high enough to justify the expenditure?

Hillary Clinton spent so much on her 2008 presidential campaign that she had a campaign debt of over $30 million. The annual salary of a US president is only $400,000. Even if Hillary were successful, ...
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Are US politicians still paid a salary when they cause a government shutdown? [duplicate]

800k working-class Americans don't get paid when the government shut down. Do the US politicians still get paid? If yes, why so?
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Does the US 2013 sequester affect politicians own salaries and benefits?

From Big cuts spur calls to Congress from irate constituents, Thomas Ferraro, Reuters: They have not worked together in Washington. And so the across-the-board cuts of the so-called "sequester&...
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Do E.U. employees pay tax on their salaries?

Do they pay tax in Belgium, their country of origin or a special E.U. tax?
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Are there any proposed systems of running the government like a corporation?

Has there ever been a legitimately proposed system whereby either the entire government or the executive branch of it was run the way a corporation is usually supposed to - more specifically, with set ...
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