Show me the money!

Nov 2012
9,095
3,639
Chicago
#1
I should have gone into teaching!

"Florida was ranked the number one fiscally responsible state in 2017, but perhaps its practices are worth reevaluating."READ MORE

Our team of auditors at OpenTheBooks.com found nearly 35,000 state and local government employees in Florida brought home six and seven-figure salaries, costing taxpayers $5.5 billion annually.

Since last year, the headcount of these high-compensated Florida government workers jumped by nearly 4,000 employees.

Here are a few examples of what we uncovered:

• 717 small-town, city, and village employees – including 26 local administrators out-earning every U.S. governor at $180,000.

• 2,484 State of Florida employees – including $276,000 for Commissioner of Education Pamela Stewart; $218,925 each for Department of Children and Families Medical Executive Directors Josefina Baluga and Steve Brasington.

• 3,195 teachers and school administrators – including chief academic officer Daniel Gohl ($196,001) in Broward County School District; minority achievement officer James Lawson ($181,120) in Orange County School District; and English and Journalism teacher James Johnson ($121,493) in St. Johns County School District.

• 13,305 college and university employees – including Vice President of Health Affairs David Guzick ($1.2 million) and Director of the Graduate Tax Program Martin McMahon ($780,392) at the University of Florida.

Not even resignations and retirements can stop some public employees from receiving huge payouts. Bruce Pelly, Palm Beach County’s airport director, pulled in $236,768 in 2017 on top of the $70,968 in annual retirement checks. Pelly worked for more than 20 years before “retiring” in 2010 to collect a $304,000 lump sum payout. Just 30 days later, he was rehired in the exact same position.

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Search all six-figure public employees in Florida by zip code!
Using our interactive mapping tool at OpenTheBooks.com, quickly review (by zip code) every Florida public employee who made a salary of $100,000 or more in 2017. Just zoom in, click a pin (zip code), and scroll down to see the results.

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Jessie Fox
Communications Specialist

Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-eff-ski)
CEO & Founder, OpenTheBooks.com

Matthew Tyrmand
Deputy Director at Large



• FOX 32 NEWS: ILLINOIS PENSION MANAGER RECEIVED $137,000 GOLDEN PARACHUTE

• FORBES: MEET THE TEXAS TEACHERS $100,000 CLUB - 7,300 SIX-FIGURE SALARIES COST TAXPAYERS $903 MILLION

• WASHINGTON EXAMINER: TRUMP NEEDS A BRIDGE TO NOWHERE MOMENT ON SPENDING
 
Apr 2013
37,122
25,325
La La Land North
#2
On Clara's behalf, let me begin the questioning:

1) In the figure for teachers and school administrators, how many were teachers?

I bet very few. Administration costs is one of Clara's complaints.

2) How many teachers are there in Florida and what is the average of their incomes?

Those types of statistics without context are meaningless.
 
Dec 2014
26,568
14,526
Memphis, Tn.
#3
I should have gone into teaching!

"Florida was ranked the number one fiscally responsible state in 2017, but perhaps its practices are worth reevaluating."READ MORE

Our team of auditors at OpenTheBooks.com found nearly 35,000 state and local government employees in Florida brought home six and seven-figure salaries, costing taxpayers $5.5 billion annually.

Since last year, the headcount of these high-compensated Florida government workers jumped by nearly 4,000 employees.

Here are a few examples of what we uncovered:

• 717 small-town, city, and village employees – including 26 local administrators out-earning every U.S. governor at $180,000.

• 2,484 State of Florida employees – including $276,000 for Commissioner of Education Pamela Stewart; $218,925 each for Department of Children and Families Medical Executive Directors Josefina Baluga and Steve Brasington.

• 3,195 teachers and school administrators – including chief academic officer Daniel Gohl ($196,001) in Broward County School District; minority achievement officer James Lawson ($181,120) in Orange County School District; and English and Journalism teacher James Johnson ($121,493) in St. Johns County School District.

• 13,305 college and university employees – including Vice President of Health Affairs David Guzick ($1.2 million) and Director of the Graduate Tax Program Martin McMahon ($780,392) at the University of Florida.

Not even resignations and retirements can stop some public employees from receiving huge payouts. Bruce Pelly, Palm Beach County’s airport director, pulled in $236,768 in 2017 on top of the $70,968 in annual retirement checks. Pelly worked for more than 20 years before “retiring” in 2010 to collect a $304,000 lump sum payout. Just 30 days later, he was rehired in the exact same position.

READ MORE



Search all six-figure public employees in Florida by zip code!
Using our interactive mapping tool at OpenTheBooks.com, quickly review (by zip code) every Florida public employee who made a salary of $100,000 or more in 2017. Just zoom in, click a pin (zip code), and scroll down to see the results.

Click here to search the map.


SEARCH MAP



Remember, It's Your Money! Join the Transparency Revolution.

Jessie Fox
Communications Specialist

Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-eff-ski)
CEO & Founder, OpenTheBooks.com

Matthew Tyrmand
Deputy Director at Large



• FOX 32 NEWS: ILLINOIS PENSION MANAGER RECEIVED $137,000 GOLDEN PARACHUTE

• FORBES: MEET THE TEXAS TEACHERS $100,000 CLUB - 7,300 SIX-FIGURE SALARIES COST TAXPAYERS $903 MILLION

• WASHINGTON EXAMINER: TRUMP NEEDS A BRIDGE TO NOWHERE MOMENT ON SPENDING
They are warm, have sunshine AND decently pay state employees. Jealous?
 
Jun 2013
28,864
15,446
Ohio
#4
Wingnuts are all about states rights until they’re not. Being allowed to discriminate is the only state right that they care about.
 
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