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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  • by betty Location: n ft myers on May 2, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    I voted for you even tho there were bad comments about your past. Why? Because you said you would bring in the Arizona law, which we need. Did you? Not to my knowledge. I've observed really bad drivers that could be illegals, driving in front of police cars, that should be stopped. the last one was most definately drunk. Did he get stopped? No! Why not. I have been to Mexico where they are so poor they can't afford cars hence, no past driving experience. I have witnessed this kind of driving many time and recently. Please start your process on fulfilling your campaign promises. Do I sound biased? Only against illegals. Thank You
  • by Disappointed on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Wait what was the cost to bulid and prepare this website??
  • by Mad As Hell Location: Mad As Hell on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:08 PM
    How is it a Japanese can come from Japan make 200,000 here in Florida don't even have a license to be a Doctor but because they have experience because they went to Doctor school. Make this kind of salary a year. 200,000 a year, Free housing,Pay Zero dollars for insurance because husband and wife work for the state. Guess what just like the Mexicans they work in Florida and send money back home to Mexico. Just like the Japanese they work in Florida and send the money back home to Japan. Florida is so stupid. Can you see why we can't build up our own state. Cause we keep allowing other country to come over here make our money and send it back home. Scott where was you born are you doing the same thing?The pieces to the puzzle is not adding up..
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      by I agree on Mar 24, 2011 at 07:47 PM in reply to Mad As Hell
      That's what they do. Filipinos do the same. Wake up Florida and make them pay up...
  • by Really Location: Jax on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    Hmmm. Random drug testing for state employees? I'll bet Solantic will be the sole provider, too. Way to come up with a way to spend more taxpayer money.
  • by Really? Location: Jax on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:46 PM
    Mr. Scott seems to suggest that this website will help to "expose" state employees salaries. Take a look. All it exposes is how GROSSLY underpaid these people are! College graduates with years of experience, working professional jobs serving or protecting the public, making 28 grand a year?! The sad thing is, the only people who will actually use this website are state employees looking compare their salaries with their coworkers/superiors. Too bad most of the public won't view it. Scott is classless.
  • by It's obvious Location: everywhere on Mar 23, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    It is obvious this man hates State employees. Who demanded to know tis information? If no one is asking for it why go through so much trouble to create a website. This man talks about sate employees like a dog; forgetting the fact that we too are taxpayers. And then he has decided to drug test every employee and new hires. Exactly how much money will this cost. I'm sure no one will be retiring to the good ol Sunshine state no time soon. This man has nothing but hatred in his heart nad does not have Floridians best interest at heart. Who has the petition to impeach him, I need to sign it asap.
  • by tally Location: tally on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    He keeps referring to "taxpayers" needing to see what they pay "state workers." Does he realize that government employees make up a majority in this town? A state worker is also a taxpayer. People decide where they want to work.
  • by Puzzled Location: Tallahassee on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    OK, I went to www.floridahasarighttoknow.com just now and found my information, looked up several co-workers and family members who work for the state, there is no personal information. The fields that are populated have NOTHING to do with personal information. I don't know what website you went to, but if that information is out there, your spouse needs to report it.
  • by Rachel Location: Tallahassee on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    SO... RICK SCOTT... WHERE IS YOUR SALARY ON THE LIST? I SEARCHED AND SEARCHED.. AREN'T YOU CONSIDERED A STATE WORKER AS WELL? IF ALL OF OUR LAUNDRY IS BEING PUT OUT THERE, YOURS SHOULD ALSO BE PUT OUT THERE.
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      by rscott(I know it sux) on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM in reply to Rachel
      he listed his @ $.12 guess he is doing us all a favor by not getting a check (up front). but you can bet you @$$ he's getting a wad of cash on the backend. i will bet there are deals being made right now that would make your head spin.
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        by Rachel on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM in reply to rscott(I know it sux)
        Whats even better is that there is an excel tab! so you can put everyone in your office on an excel spread sheet, make a pie sheet out of it and post it up. Thats an awesome way to get moral up in the office! GOOD THINKING. Another one of those great moves provided by GOV. RICK SCOTT!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Rachel
      oh did you notice he has appointed a healthcare administrator. hmmm wonder what sweetheart deal his "wifes" hmo will get out of this deal.
  • by Mary Location: Tally on Mar 22, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    I just found out by using this new site (the other one was way out of date) that our "office manager" who is going in to the drop program in June has gotten a new job title with a raise of $10,000.00 a year.How' sthat for padding for your retirement. No wonder us little peons can't get a raise.
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