Nancy Barnes: New feature puts raw information into readers' hands

  • Article by: NANCY BARNES , Star Tribune Editor
  • Updated: July 20, 2008 - 10:30 AM

Online service lets the public browse the same data that reporters and editors use when they are researching stories.

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muldoonJul. 19, 08 9:39 PM

great idea, keep it up

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hughsimsJul. 20, 0810:31 AM

This is a wonderful addition for readers. For folks wanting to write editorals what a great place to go to obtain accurate information. Thanks!!

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pibuzzJul. 20, 0811:38 AM

I have linked to all the investigative databases that I could find sponsored by newspapers across the country. These include government employee salaries, crime maps, real property, court judgments and liens, teacher disciplinary actions, gun dealers, health inspections, and more. http://pibuzz.com/whats-new-at/

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floydeJul. 20, 08 1:53 PM

Great idea to add more facts to an increasingly "fact-free" culture!

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MairinJul. 20, 08 2:03 PM

There is absolutely no reason why the general public needs to be able to find out the salary of every specific state employee by name. I have several friends who are employed by the state who are incensed at this gross invasion of privacy -- the fact that everyone who wants to will be able to find out how much they make. If the salary information is that important, take the names off it -- publish the range of salaries for a particular position, that's fine. But no one needs to know how much someone makes, just because they happen to be employed by the state.

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VietorJul. 20, 08 3:49 PM

Who exactly pays EACH of these salaries? You want to drink at the public trough open up your info.

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bergweedJul. 20, 0810:40 PM

Your government employed friends are welcome to join the millions of private sector workers. Just be sure to tell them there's this little thing called showing a profit which they've probably never had to worry about before. That will change in a hurry.

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MairinJul. 21, 08 6:39 AM

We, collectively speaking, pay the salary of every worker in the private sector, as well, by buying products and services. This does not mean I need to know the salary of the cashier at Rainbow who rings up my grocery purchases. And no more than that do I need to know the salary of the specific clerk at the DMV who processed my driver's license renewal, or the young man I saw moving the grass around the visitors' center at a state park. My objection isn't to knowing how much "state employees" make; it's to invading their personal privacy by being able to find out exactly how much a particular individual makes.

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sasha477bJul. 21, 0811:41 AM

Public officials are just that - public. Their public life should always be open to scrutiny and their public salary that we pay for should always be known Their personal life should be off limits but not their public life.

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operat0rJul. 21, 0812:53 PM

I kind of agree with appalled - absolutely we should know what elected officials (who sought a public position) are being paid, but for lifetime federal service employees, what does attaching a name to the salary do? It just seems to be yet another way to intimidate the best people out of a career in public service, which just feeds into the lies some want you to believe about the incompetence of government (so their pals can take over).

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