In the name of transparency, Gov. Scott releases list of six-figure state pensions
UPDATE: Story here.
As Sunshine Week draws to a close, Gov. Rick Scott will unveil a web site today that will serve as a public-record clearinghouse for his agenda.
Forcing state workers to contribute to their pensions is a top priority for Scott. And among the first records included on the site is the list of 542 pensions in Florida of at least $100,000 per year. (Download the spreadsheet below.)
The list of names and addresses of retired state workers is confidential under state law. So it will be difficult to tell exactly who are the 145 former Miami-Dade County employees earning a six-figure pension. But finding the one former worker from the Lee County Mosquito Control District earning $172,027 annual pension will be a bit easier.
The site - FloridaHasARightToKnow.com - also includes a status update of Scott's freeze on state contracts; a type of frequently-asked-questions page related to Scott's halt on rule-making; a database of executive office and executive agency salaries; and links to the governor's official web site where you can submit a public records request and another for "frequently requested records."
The "frequently requested records" page on the flgov.com site appears less about what records the public is regularly seeking than what records Scott hopes will drive the debate on his agenda. Of the four records on that page, one is a copy of the prepared remarks for his State of the State speech.
Speaking of frequently requested records, Scott's office has 57 outstanding public records requests out of 319 it has received since Jan. 4.