The 2015-16 edition of What They Make, the Empire Center’s annual report on public payrolls, New York taxpayers to compare this key element of local government costs around the state.
The Empire Center today released the newest edition of What They Make, its annual examination of local government payrolls.
“What They Make lets taxpayers see how their local governments’ payrolls stack up,” said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center. “Big differences exist, even between neighboring communities, and taxpayers have a right to ask their elected officials why.”
At a time when Erie County Water Authority customers are paying more for water, a quick check of salaries shows some big paychecks for executives and management types.
According to SeeThroughNY, a project that tracks state and local government spending including salaries, the Erie County Water Authority spent $16.8 million in salaries to some 289 workers in 2015.
Payroll data for 74,988 public authority employees, totaling $4.1 billion, have been added to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
A breakdown of 271 projects totaling $49 million has been added to the Empire Center’s exclusive SeeThroughNY online database of items lined up for funding under the State and Municipal Facilities Program, a $1.5 billion pork slush fund supported by borrowed money.
Since last year, more than five-hundred people have gotten permission from the state to double dip on public pensions and their salaries from state or local governments.
Your tax dollars are paying for it.
Some Long Island Rail Road employees make more than $300,000 a year, according to a newly released report.
The report conducted by the Empire Center for Public Policy says that 136 employees made more than $200,000 last year. That number is up from the 130 employees who topped the $200,000 mark in 2014. They include an engineer and a track foreman.
The new state budget will fund a 35 percent expansion of a murky $1.1 billion pork-barrel slush fund controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers.