But please don’t think teacher salaries and benefits are the only problem. GoLocal Prov (h/t Hummel Report) has published a list of the Top 25 highest paid employees of the City of Providence, and the top ranks are dominated by police and firefighters.
These numbers include overtime and “recall” pay, which in many cases doubles the base salary, and in some cases, retroactive pay increases. The numbers also include for police so-called “detail” pay, which essentially is what police get paid for standing next to construction road work, and some of that is paid by the contractors to the City, which then paid the officers, but there was no way to ascertain how much was such pass-through dollars. The figures do not include the cost of benefits.
Nonetheless, these numbers demonstrate that City of Providence employees, particularly the police and firefighters, are very highly compensated.