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Subscriber Special: Follow the Money in Florida

July 27, 2018 10:00 AM
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"Florida was ranked the number one fiscally responsible state in 2017, but perhaps its practices are worth reevaluating."
 
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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. 
 
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.
 
 Remember, It's Your Money! Join the Transparency Revolution!
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Jessie Fox
Communications Specialist
 
Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-eff-ski)
CEO & Founder, OpenTheBooks.com
 

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