The El Paso Times recently ran an article which linked to a data base of the salary of over 6000 City employees.
I have no problem with that as it is public record.
I do have a problem with the spineless reporter Gustavo Reveles Acosta who wrote in his blog …
I have received several calls (my inbox was so full no more messages could be left on my line) and most of them call me out on posting what people think is personal information. Moreover, they dare me to post my own salary. Some of the callers say it is only fair for me to do so.
Well, I have to say: “Thanks, but no thanks.”
And no, I don’t think it’s unfair that I won’t post my salary.
Let me explain why posting city salaries is not only legal, but of public interest. It’s not hard to explain really: the taxpayers pay these salaries, and under Texas law they have the right to know how much each city employee makes. From the most humble custodian to the powerful CEO and president of the Public Service Board.
The same goes for the county, the school districts, public universities and any other entity that uses public funds to do their business.
As for my salary … well, I don’t work for a public entity. Taxpayers don’t pay for my services. And until public funds are used to cash my check, I will keep that figure private.
I long tired of people saying to government employees, “I pay your salary.”
While that is true … don’t we all pay each others salary?