Why Some Government Managers Make Less Than Their Employees

Governing: Al Laubsch is in charge of one of nine centers in New Jersey that deals with unemployment insurance claims. In 2016, he was offered a promotion to become manager of all nine.

He turned it down. What may be more surprising is the reason why.

“I would love to have had the chance to show the other eight offices how to run a highly efficient work unit,” says Laubsch. “But I have two kids, and they’re looking at dad to pay the bills. I couldn’t afford to take the promotion.”

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