Pay for Performance?

The Story

New York City budgets keep going up, but are New York taxpayers getting value for their money? New data suggest that despite increasing compensation, including pay and benefits, for public employees in recent years, performance and outcomes are suffering. New Yorkers are used to paying high prices, but we expect to get high-quality service in return.


Shiny Apples: Teacher salaries are on the rise, but test scores aren’t improving.


Slow Ride: Transit worker compensation is soaring, but on-time service has plummeted. 


Bad News: Correction officers make more money than ever, but the city’s jails are getting more violent.