Public Salaries, Public Knolwdge?
As Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to save California's budget by temporarily cutting state employee pay to the federal minimum is held up in courts (see the article from today's Sacramento Bee), a debate is brewing in Kansas over whether public employee's salaries should be readily available to the public.
Late last week, the Wichita Eagle uploaded to their website a searchable database containing the names, positions and salaries of all state employees. While state employee salaries are a matter of public record, this web database makes it possible to easily compare the salaries of every middle school Principal in the county right from your desk. While the move has stirred a debate over personal privacy vs. taxpayer accountability, it has also generated major web traffic for the newspaper.
To read viewpoints about publicly accessible salaries, click HERE.