Gov. Scott Opens Website, State Salary Database to Public

By: Governor's Press Office, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Governor's Press Office, Lanetra Bennett Email

Updated 3-18 5:41pm by Lanetra Bennett

Florida Governor Rick Scott's new website continues to make quite a stir.

The database provides a lot of information on every state employee, including their salaries.

The website is called, "Florida Has the Right to Know."

While this information is public record, many are saying the website is letting Florida know too much, and too easily.

One Tallahassee resident said, "I think it's an invasion of privacy."

Many say Florida Governor Rick Scott's new website goes too far.

Public records are found at the click of a mouse.

State employees were afraid to speak on camera. But, one woman posted this on wctv.tv:

"So much for hiding from my abusive ex-husband!!! Sat at my desk and cried!!! The only bright side is the public can now see how little I make raising two children on my own with no child support. And although I more than quality for food stamps, I do not use them... I'm so glad and proud to say I didn't vote for this Poltergeist Preach!!!"

Tallahassee resident Chris Colon said, "That's exactly what I'm saying. If something like that happens, you're trying to hide from somebody, all you have to do is type your name and they got everything they need to know."

All you have to do is type in a person's name, and you can look at what agency they work for, their position, salary, hire date, contract records, and more.

The site is

Here's a http://www.floridahasarighttoknow.com/ .

"Some things are meant to be private." Said, one man.

In Governor Scott's message, he says: "As taxpayers, you have the right to know how every taxpayer dollar is spent. This new website will give you the tools you need to learn about state contracts, state employees' salaries, and regulations."

Tallahassee resident Cody Phillips said, "Does that mean that they have no privacy at all just because technically, we pay for everything that they're making? I feel like they should still have a degree of privacy, even though they work for the State."

Governor Scott says transparency will help the public hold government accountable.

Links to other open government resources are also on the page.

There are people who agree with the website.

Tom from Madison said, "we need more sunshine period we have the right to know period this is good period....WE OWN GOVERNMENT IT DOES NOT OWN US......wake up people and take control of government and the first step is sunshine facts and truth"

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Tallahassee, Fla. – March 17, 2011 --

Governor Rick Scott today launched a new website that will serve the public by providing access to frequently requested public records and other information, including a state employee salary database.

The new website is located at www.FloridaHasARightToKnow.com and contains the following information (and more):

· Public access to state employee salary information.

· Contract records, including approved, denied and “under review” contracts.

· Information on rulemaking status and procedures.

· Annualized retirement benefit calculations of $100,000 and more for state and local employees (personal information redacted).

· Links to other open government resources.

“This useful tool enhances public access to government records so taxpayers can see how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Governor Scott.

Message from Governor Rick Scott:

As the Jobs Governor, I am working to make Florida the best place to work, live, and play. We are changing how Florida does business by eliminating burdensome regulation, reducing state spending, cutting taxes and holding government accountable.

My plan for accountability budgeting will help you exercise your right to hold government accountable. We will adopt transparent, outcome-based budgets so that you can measure results and hold government accountable.

As taxpayers, you have the right to know how every taxpayer dollar is spent. This new website will give you the tools you need to learn about state contracts, state employees' salaries, and regulations. I invite you to visit it often and see how we are doing.

We will be better if you hold us accountable.

The website can be found at Florida Has A Right To Know.

http://www.floridahasarighttoknow.com/


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