A long time city employee called me yesterday to ask what I thought about the posting of all city employees salary information online. I said it was B.S. It is just another way of attacking the integrity of anyone who is a public servant. You know, these second class citizens are responsible for all of our problems. Right?
I feel it is okay for folks to know what elected officials, political hires and department heads earn, but is it really crucial to know what your sanitation truck driver earns? Or the guy the cuts the grass in the park down the street? Is there any right to privacy for these government employees?
This posting of salaries is the handiwork of the Albuquerque Journal. In the spirit of the policy I would once again request the earnings posting of all Albuquerque Publishing Company employees from the publisher, to the editor of the Journal, the reporters and press operators. The Journal folks will tell you this is not the same thing because of tax dollars funding city workers and not them. Forget that many tax dollars go to the Journal for Legal ads, a major source of revenue for them. But really, if the journal is such a champion of making things transparent in government, lets see them lay it out themselves. After all, it is really them who controls information in this community. They print only what they want to print and hide the rest.
So, here is a challenge to all levels of government in the area. Please put up on a website how much you pay the Albuquerque Journal every year for legal advertising. Or maybe the Journal could put a reporter on that and let us know.