Making A Fortune: 19 Million Public Employees Across America Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1 Trillion

 

For the first time in history, 19 million public employee salaries at every level of government across America have been mapped and posted online.

The work of our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com tells a compelling story: Public service is supposed to be about serving the people. However, the good intentions of America’s 19 million public employees come at a very high price for the people – nearly $1 trillion. In many cases, taxpayers generously fund these employee salaries.

Our online database is free to use and includes most employees within the federal, state, and local governments. You can search in your backyard or across the nation. Find out just how much public employees made last year. The salary records include name, salary, position title, and employer for 2017.

The data is full of stunning examples. Tree trimmers in Chicago lopped off $106,000. New York City school janitors cleaned off $165,000 while out earning the principals at $135,000. Lifeguards in Los Angeles County, California, made up to $365,000. In the small school district in Southlake, Texas (8,000 students), the school superintendent earned $420,000.

Help the reform-minded mayors, school superintendents, legislators and members of Congress by finding the waste, overspending, and bloated government in your very own neighborhood.

Search our interactive map of the top 2 million most highly compensated public employees across America. Just click a pin (your ZIP code) and scroll down to see the results that render in the chart beneath the map. Click hereto access the map below.

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Last year, we found 1.7 million public employees earned $100,000 or more. The vast majority – 1.3 million six-figure earners – worked at the state and local levels. There were 105,000 local and state government employees out-earning every governor of the 50 states at a salary of $190,000 or more.

In Texas, 356 municipal employees made more than all governors ($190,000). Some of these towns are small, like Stanton (pop. 2,900), where the manager earned $314,696. In Whitesboro (pop. 4,000) and Manvel (pop. 10,000), the administrators were paid $312,000 and $292,529, respectively.

In Florida, the city attorney of the seaside community Dania Beach, Florida (pop. 32,000) gleaned $436,917 – that’s more than any U.S. president. At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, eight police officers and detectives made between $300,000 and $783,000 last year.

Nearly 10,000 employees of the University of California system pulled down more than $200,000. This includes 65 highly compensated public employees who made between $1 million and $3.6 million.

The top 5 locations for highly compensated public employees.OPENTHEBOOKS.COM

Across the country, some of the largest salaries were paid out to athletic coaches at public universities. The retired football coach at University of Oregon received a $558,689 annual pension, and the fired Arizona State football coach got a $15 million payout. Nick Saban, at the University of Alabama, made $11 million.

What will you find while searching the public payrolls in your community?

Our recent investigation with Fox 32 Chicago found an Illinois superintendent earning $407,000 in a Calumet City district with only 1,100 students and no high school. Another superintendent made $206,000 in a New Lenox district with only 11 teachers and less than 100 students. Still another superintendent retired on a $300,000 pension at a Park Forest district, but, was then rehiredon a $1,200 a day consulting contract – same position, same district.

Before complaining about Washington, D.C., people must insist on good government where they live. The people have the power to hold local politicians accountable for tax and spend decisions. Our mission is to make this information available to citizens and policymakers.

Government payrolls are the No. 1 issue affecting every service: public safety, healthcare, and welfare. Pay, perks, and pension benefits for public employees must be a priority in budgeting and deserve a rigorous, fact-based public debate.

Highly compensated public employees banded by 2017 income.OPENTHEBOOKS.COM

Compiling this database was a spending genome project of sorts. It was a million-dollar effort. In one year, we filed requests and captured data from nearly 60,000 government employers, broke open the files, mapped the information, and posted it online.

The result is treasure-trove of oversight opportunity. It represents approximately 85% of all public employment at every level of government.

Now, it’s up to you to call out waste and inefficiency in your government bodies. Use our interactive map and search by ZIP code, the top 2 million public employees making more than $95,000. Or, use our website to see all 19 million salary records.

Open the books on your local taxing body. See how they are spending your property, sales, and income taxes. Then, raise your voice and demand better government in your own backyard.

Remember, it’s your money.

 

Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-eff-ski) is the CEO and Founder of OpenTheBooks.com – one of the largest private databases of government spending in the world. Our mission is to post “every dime, online” of all local, state, and federal government spending at OpenTheBooks.com

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Now, you can donate to anyone who is an Ohio state elected official. It's your decision. When looking at the voting records of those in our Ohio state government, the elected officials I can recommend without hesitation are listed below. Just click the name/link to go to their webpage:

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Tom Brinkman (OH District 27)
Candice Keller (OH District 53)
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Kristina Roegner (OH District 27)
Andy Brenner (OH Distict 19)

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So, let me get this straight. The US House votes 217-185 to put $5.7 Billion into the budget to partially build a border wall. The bill then moves to the Senate and No Democrats will vote for it, thus killing the bill and partially shutting down the Federal Government due to a lack of funds, and the Democrat's want us to think the Trump is shutting down the Government????  Really??

The American people aren't that stupid Chuck! It's all on you and the other members of the "Socialist Democrat Party". The American People hold you responsible for allowing 70,000 American's to die from drug overdoses, for allowing 6,000 illegal immigrants to die in the desert because there is no wall, and for over 5,000 Americas to be murdered by illegal immigrants YOU let into our nation!

We thank President Trump for keeping a promise that was critical to his election because 80% of Americans want the immigration problem fixed. He will be re-elected in 2020 for standing strong for the safety of the American people.



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Partial government shutdown triggered as funding lapses amid border wall dispute

By Alex Pappas

Published December 22, 2018

Funding for a slew of federal agencies lapsed at midnight after Congress and the White House failed to pass a spending package amid a bruising fight over border wall funding.

The missed deadline means nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies will close just as the Christmas break begins. But it does not mean the whole federal government is affected: Only about a quarter of the government is actually shutting down.

The Senate planned to reconvene at noon Saturday to continue talks.

Congress had been facing a Friday deadline to fund a portion of the government or risk the partial shutdown. But even though negotiations continue, lawmakers left the Capitol on Friday without a deal to fund the government by midnight’s deadline.

Over the last few weeks, Republicans and Democrats had been at a standstill over the president’s demands for $5 billion to fund the border wall.

"This is our only chance that we'll ever have, in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security," President Trump said earlier Friday. Democrats will take control of the House on Jan. 3, and they oppose major funding for wall construction.

"This is our only chance that we'll ever have, in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security."

— President Trump

But not long after midnight, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement, pinning the blame for the partial shutdown squarely on the president.

"Regrettably, America has now entered a Trump Shutdown," the Democrats wrote. "Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. But instead of honoring his responsibility to the American people, President Trump threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump Shutdown in the middle of the holiday season. President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown and now he has gotten what he wanted.

 



House passes stopgap bill with $5B in funding for Trump's wall


 

The House passed a stopgap government-funding measure Thursday night that includes $5.7 billion for President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border and additional security — raising the odds that a shutdown will begin Friday.

Passage of the measure over united Democratic opposition passes the hot potato to the Senate, which is set to consider the bill Friday. The bill is not expected to pass the Senate, where Democrats have rejected money for Trump’s wall.

Parts of the government will shut down on Saturday without a new funding measure.

The bill also includes $8.7 billion in emergency disaster aid. It passed with 217-185 support.

Passage of the bill capped a wild day at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Republicans started the day planning to hold a vote on a stopgap measure approved Wednesday night be the Senate that would have kept the government open through Feb. 8. But they reversed course after Trump said he would not sign that bill.

Conservatives in the House had also rejected the measure, arguing to their leaders that it would be nearly impossible to secure wall funding after Democrats take back the House majority in January.

No Wall Funding - No Government Funding



President Trump is threatening a partial government shutdown if Congress does not include $5 billion in partial funding for the purpose of building the border wall that he and Republicans in the House and the Senate have promised for years. A border wall that Democrats Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Barack Obama all voted for in the past and claimed was necessary as recently as 2006.

Now all we hear from delusional Democrat hypocrites, and some “Republicans”, is that “Walls Don’t Work”, “It costs too much”, “Walls are immoral”, “Walls are racist”, “Everyone has a ‘Right’ to cross our borders”, etc. The inconvenient facts are that the border wall in Israel stopped 99% of illegal immigration ; that the one time cost of $25 billion needed to build the wall would actually save billions of our taxpayer dollars per year that are required to “take care of” illegal immigrants once they are in our nation; that building a wall would save thousands of lives of American citizens who die each year from heroin and fentanyl - 94% of which comes across the southern border; that building a wall would stop the tragic deaths of thousands of illegal “people of color” immigrants who die trying to cross the border now, and would stop the child trafficking and crimes committed against American citizens by illegal immigrants once they break into our nation. In the heartland of Ohio, we consider that what the sophisticated folks on the coasts would call “a compelling case” for building the border wall.

That is why We the People support President Trump’s common sense stand on the wall and will support a partial shutdown of the federal government for as long as it takes to get what we voted for and what is clearly in our national interests as a sovereign nation. It’s really simple, no wall funding then no government funding. Democrats shout “a shutdown over Christmas will be cruel to government workers” and “shutdowns cost money, they don’t save money” and “the American public does not support shutdowns”, so the party responsible “loses” the next election. To which we say emphatically, “We don’t believe a word of it!”

The reality is that when Ted Cruz forced a government shutdown in 2013 We the People supported him for doing so, just as we support Trump today. It was cowardly “Republicans” who did not support Cruz but the direct result was that in 2014 We the People elected more Republicans to the Senate, resulting in Republicans taking control of the US Senate. That is called winning, not losing, but not if you are in Washington, DC where lies are way more effective than facts. Those same Washington insiders claim that shutdowns cost “billions of dollars” when the fact is that most of that “cost” is paying “non-essential” government employees back wages for the time they did not work during a shutdown. So in effect, the actual affect of a government shutdown is taxpayer-funded paid Christmas vacations for as many as 850,000 already overpaid government employees! Wow that sure sound cruel Speaker to be Pelosi - cruel to US not them!

However, in the spirit of Obama crony Rahm Emanuel’s infamous political advice “Never let a crisis go to waste!” we would like to ask President Trump to do what he has done so well as President and use his business acumen during this partial government shutdown. See even the Democrats admit that a government shutdown doesn’t actually shutdown the government since all “essential” services continue. What happens is that “non-essential” government employees are furloughed until the budget is passed.

So to those of us who are business owners and President Trump, the glaring question that a government shutdown posses is “Why would any business have any “non-essential” employees?” Seriously, why would any business spend precious resources on employees it doesn’t need other than nepotism. Isn’t that what this really is in our government - nepotism? How many of these “non-essential” government workers are politically connected or family and friends of current and previous elected and non-elected officials? So why not use the pretend crisis of a government shutdown instead of wasting it?

President Trump should instruct current Budget Director, soon to be acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney to order all agencies of the federal government to audit every single “non-essential” government employee job during the shutdown to determine if those jobs could be eliminated. Since they are not needed to keep the government running certainly a huge number of them could be permanently eliminated - which would actually result in a shutdown saving taxpayers money, and in smaller and more efficient government! What a great idea!

How much could we save?  If 850,000 federal employees get furloughed as “non-essential” during a shutdown, what if we could eliminate even 400,000 of those jobs? Knowing people working in DC it would be very safe to say that each job that was eliminated would save taxpayers at least $100,000 in wages and benefits and thus the President could save $40,000,000,000. That’s $40 BILLION PER YEAR!  Now that is the kind of outside-the-box thinking and management we should expect from President Donald Trump and we would support!

If the Democrats and RINO Republicans want to play a game of chicken with the border wall funding, why don’t we up the stakes? While they deny We the People our national soveriegnty and national security to please their ruling class masters, and ignore our votes and their promises, how about if we put some of their skin in the game Mr. President? I can hear the swamp creatures thrashing about in those muddy waters along the Potomac at the thought of such a creative solution. “You can’t do that!” they will shout! Well besides chanting “Build that Wall” at the top of our lungs for the past three years, you also heard clearly our shouts to “Drain the Swamp!” Now is the time Mr. President, No wall funding - No government funding! Let’s stand our ground and shut it down and let’s not waste a good crisis when we have the chance to drain the swamp at the same time.

Tom Zawistowski is the President of the TEA Party affiliated We the People Convention and the Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party. He lives in Akron, OH.

 



For Immediate Release: Friday, December 14, 2018




OHIO GRASSROOTS WILL NOT ACCEPT PADUCHIK AS TRUMP OHIO CAMPAIGN HEAD FOR 2020


Akron, OH:  Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio TEA Party organization, the We the People Convention, and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted to the news that former RNC Co-Chairman Bob Paduchik was picked by President Trump's re-election campaign to oversee the President's Ohio campaign for 2020. Paduchik was brought in at the last minute to head up Trumps successful Ohio Campaign in 2016.



Zawistowski said, "In a typical Washington Friday news dump, it was announced today that Bob Paduchik was "picked" by Trump's re-election campaign to oversee the Ohio 2020 Campaign. The fact is that Paduchik was fired from his position at the RNC because the President and his staff finally recognized that Paduchik was not on his side. Paduchik has made a very profitable living taking full credit for the Trump victory in Ohio in 2016, but the fact is that he greatly exaggerated his role in that victory in order to gain the President's trust. Since being named Co-Chairman of the RNC as a reward, he has actively worked to defeat state and federal candidates who supported Trump, he lied to the President about Mike Gibbons as the potential Republican Senate candidate in Ohio, he encouraged the President to endorse and support candidates in Ohio and elsewhere who are in fact anti-Trump, and he has blocked qualified pro-Trump applicants for jobs in the Administration. In short, Paduchick is an anti-Trump Republican Establishment operative who worked in the Bush Administration, and for the Bush campaign in 2004, and who ran the campaign for RINO Senator Rob Portman. We want nothing to do with Bob Paduchick in Ohio and we will not work with him if he remains involved with the Trump campaign."



Zawistowski continued, "On Tuesday, our organization took out a full page ad in the Washington Times with the headline "Mr. President, what ever made you think that We the People expected you to do this alone?" The purpose of the ad was to message the President that he and his advisors must engage and communicate with the grassroots if he is going to survive and win re-election in 2020. This move to put Paduchik in charge of the 2020 Ohio re-election campaign is a perfect example of how the President and his advisors are making critical errors because they are not connected to the people on the ground who elected the President in the first place. The fact is that establishment Republicans like Paduchik and Reince Priebus and others have undermined this President starting the first week after the 2016 election when they advised him to support Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. Since then they have succeed in walling off the President from communicating with his base and the result has been that a full two years into his Presidency he has yet to take control of his Administration. We are hopeful that the President will choose Mark Meadows to be his new Chief of Staff as a sign that the President now recognizes who really are his friends and who are his enemies."

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

 

Ohio Poll Shows 53% of Citizens Support Trump’s Threat to Shutdown “non-essential” Government over Border Wall




Akron, OH:  Today, the Ohio TEA Party organization, the We the People Convention, released the results of it’s Ohio state poll which was conducted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The poll surveyed 410 Ohioans to determine the position of Ohio citizens toward the importance of securing our US borders, including building of a border wall, and their degree of support for President Trump’s pledge to “shutdown” non-essential parts of the Federal Government if Congress fails to provide adequate funding for the border wall.


The We the People Convention poll showed that 52.91% of Ohioans support the President’s threat to shutdown “non-essential” government if Congress does not fund the border wall in the budget. While 42.78% of those polled do not support a shutdown and 4.31% are undecided. Republicans support the President by 84.52%, while Democrats oppose the President on the shutdown by 78.57%. The survey also found that 68.54% of Ohioans feel that securing the US border was “Very Important” or "Important", while 31.46% felt that it was “Not Essential” or even “Necessary” for the border to be secured.

Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention said, “Our poll shows that support for President Trump threatening to shutdown “non-essential” parts of the government from his base is off the charts at 84.52%, which makes sense since those are the people who elected him largely on that issue. Our organization certainly supports the President’s stand because it just makes common sense. The cost to build a wall is a one time cost of $25 billion, the cost to take care of the estimated 30 million illegals already in the US is $130 billion every year! Interestingly in our poll, 58.57% of Democrats were not aware of these facts and they also were the most opposed to funding border security.”



Zawistowski concluded by saying, “Despite Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s false claims yesterday that “experts say that walls don’t work”, the fact is that the wall Israel built cut illegal immigration by 99%. With 95% of the Heroin and Fentenyl, that killed a record 70,000 Americans last year alone, coming across the Mexican border, anyone who opposes funding the border wall can’t do math and doesn’t care about America’s children or its middle class. It’s real simple, if their is no funding for the border wall, then there is no funding for the government! Congress must do what they promised, nothing else is acceptable.”

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