Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Public Salary Information Online

In an excellent example of public transparency regarding tax-payer funded government salaries, the California state controllers office has released position salary information, as reported by the Sacramento Business Journal.

An excerpt.

“The California State Controller’s office unveiled a website Monday that lists the salary, pension and other compensation of nearly 600,000 city and county employees in the state.

“The listing also includes payments to elected officials.

“The absence of transparency and accountability invites corruption, self-dealing, and the abuse of public funds,” California Controller John Chiang, in a statement. “This website will help taxpayers scrutinize local government compensation and force public officials to account for how they spend public resources.”

“The site, which can be found by clicking here, has the compensation paid in 2009 to 594,000 city and county employees throughout the state.”