Public databases

The public pays salaires to public employees and deserves to know how those budgets are allocated, by person, by category.

The Examiner in Washington put this online, and offered an explanation:

"The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner
Aug 28, 2006 5:00 AM

WASHINGTON – Along with who pays what in taxes and who receives how
much for  providing what contracted goods and services, employee compensation
data is among the most basic and important information taxpayers need to
assess independently the performance of their public servants. What better
time to start than the first day of the new school year?

Thus, The
Washington Examiner today posts the second entry in the newspaper’s Examiner
Community Action Network — a partial compensation database for the 21,497
employees of the Montgomery County Public Schools."

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