The head of the state’s largest public employees union sent a letter Wednesday to the head of a Bozeman-based think tank, saying employee salary information from the state posted on his site was incorrect and suggested a neutral site providing the same information be created.
However, Carl Graham, chief executive officer of the Montana Policy Institute and publisher of Montana Watchdog, said the information posted on the opengovmt.org site is exactly how it was released from the state.
He also said he would take down the state employee pay portion of his website if the state would post that information. But he would leave up the statistical information posted on the site. “I would take down our pay portion in a second,” he told Montana Watchdog. “We only did it because we had to, they (the state) would not.”
Opengovmt.org was launched July 12, listing salary and benefit information on nearly 14,789 state employees free to the public. And it lists the numbers of unionized state employees by bargaining agent 2009-2011.
In his e-mail Wednesday, Feaver tells Graham he and the unions should “work together to compel the state to create its own state employee pay site – a neutral site – where the information comes straight from the source and is available to all. Really, now, why should folks who want to know what state employees make go to a private sector source that may or may not have a bias?”
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- Montana let’s think about this for a minute. MPI made multiple requests since 2010 for the state to do this on their own. The state did not nor did the Union offer to work together to compel the state to create it’s own site. Now that a Montana judge ruled that the public had a right to know and the data has been released, now everyone is in an uproar? They had all this time to get their acts together. The Union seems to be stating that either the state is lying or MPI is lying. MPI would not have a reason too when they know the state can verify every number that they gave to MPI. So that brings us back to the state. The Union for the state public employees believes the state is lying? Do they know something that we don’t know? Who is going to pay for the state to re-do this new website? Us the taxpayers? Why doesn’t the Union pay for it if they don’t trust the state with the information that was given. Why is it the taxpayer always gets suckered? Other states have an open policy like this, why do they think here in Montana that this is something that is totally unheard of?
- Does this mean that they go against Judge McCarter’s judgement? Does it go back through court again? Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a lot of money going out because so many want to prevent Montana citizens from knowing what is really going on? Are they hiding something or is Montana so use to having everything so secretive for so long? The state should have supplied this long ago without MPI having to do it for them. And their website would have had the exact same data just a different heading. If the state did gave the information incorrectly then we really have some problems. The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Think about that one Montana.