Ep. 253 - How Much Do We Pay Public Officials in California?

California Underground Podcast: Discussing California Politics Through a Lens of Sanity

19-04-2024 • 43 mins

Summary

On this episode we are joined by Todd Madison of Transparent California. Transparent California is a public database that collects data on public employee compensation in the state of California. They collect almost 4 million records per year and have about 42 million records online. The data they collect reveals that over a million public employees in California make over $100,000 a year, with 100,000 people making over $250,000 a year and 4,000 making over $500,000 a year. The conversation discusses the high salaries and benefits of public employees in California, particularly in the education sector. It highlights the disconnect between public employee compensation and performance, as well as the unsustainable pension debt in the state.

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Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Overview of Transparent California

07:08 Expanding Data Collection Beyond Schools

27:12 The Unsustainable Pension Debt

34:40 The Importance of Transparency



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