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  • A Huge Hurt for Taxpayers

    The length and cost of job-related injury leaves taken by city of Los Angeles employees are growing rapidly, the Los Angeles Times found, primarily because the employees take home more money when they’re out with claimed injuries than they do when they show up for work. Payments to injured police and firefighters, who get 100% of their salaries, tax-free, while out on leave, rose 30% from 2009 to 2013, The Times found. Fewer than 5% of the injuries were attributed to acts of violence, smoke inhalation or contact with fire, city data show. About 50% were blamed on “cumulative trauma,” ailments that afflict aging bodies regardless of profession: back strain, knee strain, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome. Cumulative trauma was also the leading cause of injury among the city’s civilian workers, who typically get 90% of their salaries, tax-free, while on leave.

    Tags: city; employee; injury; compensation; work

    By Jack Dolan

    L.A. Times

    2014

  • Public Salary Database

    The reporters set out to track the total cost of employment for state workers, tracking everything from the amount of taxpayer money that goes toward health benefits to overtime and even retirement benefits.

    Tags: state workers; employment; taxpayer; overtime; retirement

    By Thomas Peek; Daniel Millis; John Woolfolk

    Bay Area Newsgroup (Calif.)

    2011

  • 2010 Public Salaries

    Using the California Public Records Act, the Bay Area News compiled a database with the salary information of nearly one million public employees.

    Tags: salary; public employee; pay; government worker; public records

    By Thomas Peel; Daniel Wilis

    Bay Area Newsgroup (Calif.)

    2010

  • Good as gold: State pensions facing scrutiny

    Public employees in Ohio have better wages and benefits than the taxpayers who support them. Taxpayer money funds the system which allows workers to retire a decade or more sooner than workers in the private sector. Also, more than one in four public school superindentents had received pension payments and salary simultaneously.

    Tags: pension; private sector; public employee; pension funds; superintendents

    By Rick Armon; Katie Byard; David Knox; Dennis J. Willard; Christopher D. Kirkpatrick; Jim Provance; William Croyle; Ben Fischer; Doug Caruso; Randy Ludlow; James Nash; Darrel Rowland; Laura A. Bischoff; Anthony Gottschlich; Lou Grieco; Dave Larsen; Patrick O'Donnell; Melissa Griffy Seeton; Denise Dick; Doug Livingston

    Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)

    2010

  • Boston Firefighters Disability Pensions

    "Boston firefighters became increasingly injury prone in recent years and reported career-ending, on-the-job injuries at more than three times the rate of comparably sized cities. They often remained on the city payroll, on injured leave while taxpayers paid their full salaries, for months - and in some cases, several years - while retirement officials with strong union ties processed their disability retirement claims"

    Tags: firefighters; workers compensation; disability fraud; padding pensions; disability retirement fraud; disability claims

    By Walter V. Robinson; Donovan Slack; Jesse Nankin; Nikki Gloudeman

    Boston Globe

    2008

  • Big jump in State's high-paid workers

    Wallack tracked and analyzed total compensation for state workers from 2002 to 2004. He found that, even though the state budget was tightened, the number of high-paid state employees is on the rise.

    Tags: salary; data analysis; CAR; computer-assisted reporting; state workers; pension

    By Todd Wallack

    San Francisco Chronicle

    2005

  • Premium Pensions

    Three stories examine the abuses of California's generous public pensions system. "Chief's Disease," reveals that the highest ranking officers of the California Highway Patrol often made injury claims as retirement drew near, so their pensions were supplemented by workplace injury settlements. "Workers' comp judges cash in," showed that judges who decided worker's comp claims were themselves six times more likely to claim job related injuries than their judicial colleagues in other parts of the system. "How state law fattens pensions," deals with California's law that allows pensions to be calculated based on the single highest year of salary a public worker achieves. California is the only state in the country that has such a law. There is also supplemental material that followed the publication of the series.

    Tags: public pensions; workman's compensation; fraudulent claims; state government; local government; public servants

    By John Hill;Dorothy Korber

    Sacramento Bee

    2004

  • The Plight of the White-Tie Worker

    This contest entry looks at the outrageous salaries of some of this country's top orchestra and symphony conductors and executives. In some cases, the conductors' salaries exceeded those of the organizations' nonprofit missions. In one example, Lorin Maazel, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, reported a $2,280,000 salary, despite the fact that the organization was facing a $2 million deficit.

    Tags: orchestra conductors and executives; New York Philharmonic; Chicago Symphony; Philadelphia Orchestra; Cleveland Orchestra; American Federation of Musicians

    By Blair Tindall

    New York Times

    2004

  • "Dr. Holt: Two jobs, one man"

    This investigation raises a number of questions about a county medical director. While working full time as medical director, he also works full time as a professor at an area university despite a state law that forbids workers holding two full-time government jobs. The state health department funnels his salary through the university to avoid the appearance of two jobs, while the university declined to provide a schedule of his lectures. Meanwhile, his lack of education and experience in administration has led to lawsuits and criticism of program cuts and job lay-offs. A planned follow-up story will reveal how the director has given the university $5 million in county health department contracts.

    Tags: FOIA; conflict of interest; double dipping; public health administration; university; health department

    By Robin Guess;John Fulton

    WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)

    2003

  • "Underwork and Overpaid at Taxpayer Expense"

    This investigation found a number of government workers who earn six-figure salaries but do nothing worthwhile. At some point they had irritated their bosses, but because there was no grounds for firing them, they were stripped of any meaningful work responsibility. For the affected workers, the tactic robs them of their self-worth. For taxpayers, it wastes their dollars. The report has prompted a Congressional investigation.

    Tags: taxpayer; government waste

    By Sharyl Attkisson;Allyson Ross-Taylor

    CBS News

    2003