Public Employee Salaries Are Public

The decision by Civil Beat to publish searchable databases of government employees and their salaries has raised questions about what information should be shared with the public. We received this data after making requests to various agencies because by law, it is required to be public.

Some government employees and union representatives have expressed concern over the publication of this data. For example, see Randy Perreira’s op-ed . Much of the concern has centered on the perceived indignity of having one’s salary be known to one’s co-workers and nosy neighbors.

To address the trade-off between personal privacy and the public interest, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at practices in other states.

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