Statewide School Payrolls Posted at “SeeThroughNY” Press Releases

A searchable online database including salaries of 255,959 teachers and administrators employed by New York State’s public schools and colleges during the 2007-08 school year was posted today at SeeThroughNY.net, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Transparency Website Upgraded Press Releases

Complete payrolls for four school districts, updated teacher union and school superintendent contracts, and a new interactive user forum have been added today to SeeThroughNY.net, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Benchmarking New York | Reports

New York State residents pay some of the highest local taxes in the nation. Until now, however, New Yorkers have had no easy way to compare basic fiscal measures for the local governments that account for a large share of the taxes they pay.

Updated State Payroll for 2008 Posted Online Press Releases

New York’s complete state government payroll for 2008 was posted today on www.SeeThroughNY.net, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy. The searchable payroll database includes names, titles, base pay rates and total pay received by the 367,732 people who worked in the state’s executive, legislative or judicial branches at any point last year.

Testimony: Government Transparency by Lise Bang-Jensen | | Testimony

As a former journalist and now as analyst for the Empire Center for Public Policy, I am pleased the Senate is considering a package of bills to expand the Freedom of Information Law and the Open Meeting Law.

Albany Needs a Whole Lot More Sunshine by E.J. McMahon | | Newsday

New York's huge budget deficit—$15.4 billion in the next 15 months—will force difficult choices in terms of government services and tax policies for years to come. To engage intelligently in that debate, New Yorkers need far more information than we now receive from Albany.