State Senator Lou Correa proposes legislation to reveal how much public employees are paid

State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, released language today from his Taxpayer Right to Know Act — aimed at improving public access to information about the salaries and perks enjoyed by the state’s government employees. The bill comes in the aftermath of the city of Bell scandal, where reports show a city manager in that small impoverished city who received a total compensation package of around $1.5 million, and where other city employees and council members were enriching themselves at public expense, according to Steven Greenhut’s latest post at Cal Watchdog.

Various state and county investigations into Bell are ongoing, but this legislation is based on a simple concept, as Correa put it: “If taxpayer funds are involved, the public has the right to know.” The legislation applies to employees of a county, city, school district, special district and joint powers agency and, in fact, to anyone who “is required to file a statement of economic interests.”

Bravo Correa!  Great idea.  Click here to read the rest of Greenhut’s post.

Not sure how the public employee unions are going to react to this, but surely they must be mad too about all the overpaid administrators…


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