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Thread: How much should cops be paid?

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Just noticed from where? There should be no place that an individual's salary is available for you to find. Perhaps a pay scale, but not what that copper made. Just doesn't make sense that any state or community would publish personal data like that.
    Can't help but comment here, Summerwind. Are you not the same poster who celebrates WikiLeaks for their publishing state secrets? Calling it an effective disinfectant or some such?

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If I'm paying your salary, it damn well should be available to me. Nothing should be more transparent than the salaries of those paid with tax dollars.
    Then do you also agree that we should be able to pull up how much $$$$ each individual on welfare is getting?
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    Then do you also agree that we should be able to pull up how much $$$$ each individual on welfare is getting?
    Absolutely. That's a great point. Interesting you mention that. I can't even find (in Illinois) what base payments are. There is nothing on line that indicates how our tax dollars are being spent for Family Assistance.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Absolutely. That's a great point. Interesting you mention that. I can't even find (in Illinois) what base payments are. There is nothing on line that indicates how our tax dollars are being spent for Family Assistance.

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    yeah, at least the cops, firemen, etc earn the tax dollars we pay them.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Can't help but comment here, Summerwind. Are you not the same poster who celebrates WikiLeaks for their publishing state secrets? Calling it an effective disinfectant or some such?

    Hmmm........
    I think personal information probably shouldn't be unless it is related to some decisions that his salary effects. Scales should be posted though because decisions about budgets and taxes are related. Individuals' actual pay, no, I can't see a need to know that. If you can't tell the difference, that's you're problem.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    I see too many potential problems with publishing individual salary information. There are issues with workplace harmony, privacy, and direct marketing.

    I wouldn't mind aggregate information being published, with highs, lows, median, mean, stdev, etc, along with a standard pay schedule, but that is as far as I think we should go with it.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I see too many potential problems with publishing individual salary information. There are issues with workplace harmony, privacy, and direct marketing.
    It is against my company's policy to discuss salary. I could be fired for telling a co-worker what I make.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    It is against my company's policy to discuss salary. I could be fired for telling a co-worker what I make.
    Yep, I think within a company all salaries should be known, the demanded secrecy is what enables unfair wage practices experienced by most women and many minorities.

    Just a quick disclaimer: when I work for a company it is in the capacity of an accountant, so I always know what everyone makes. Not been a direct issue for me, but it is for many.
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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    It is against my company's policy to discuss salary. I could be fired for telling a co-worker what I make.
    Our company isn't that strict about it, but there are good reasons to be.

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    Re: How much should cops be paid?

    That's an issue I had never thought of before.
    Taxpayers have a duty to know how their community spends its money, but individuals have a right to privacies.

    Certainly, the entire budget for a department should be known, and a break down as to what goes to salaries, maintenance, etc. But at some point, it should stop before individual's salary. Maybe posted by some non identifying information the way the they sometime post grades.
    I may be wrong.

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