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State government salaries made available to public

• Apr 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM

 

Government transparency and the need for more of it is the reason behind the release of the Michigan Government Salaries Database by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and two other watchdog groups.

In a post on its website blog, the Mackinac Center says the new database is easily searchable and was made available as a public service. The center was joined by the Michigan Coalition for Open Government and the Michigan Press Association in setting it up.

The database contains salary information of nearly 300,000 public employees in Michigan.

“As part of our government transparency project, the Mackinac Center often obtains data on the compensation of government employees in Michigan,” explained Michael Reitz, executive vice president of the Mackinac Center. “We use these public records to fact-check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests and hold governments accountable for their spending. We and our partners now offer this database as a service to taxpayers and other watchdogs.”

Visit the database at mackinac.org/salaries.

Read the complete blog post: Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency”

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