OLYMPIA — The folks at the Office of Financial Management and Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program have developed a new website for looking up who makes what in state government.
The website is a follow-up to the release last month of all the people who got their money from the state in 2010, from University of Washington Head Football Coach Steve Sarkisian, who pulled down just under $2 million*, to several folks who were at $0.
It's an interesting site, but we like ours better. For most searches, it's faster. It may also be easier to use, although that could be a function of being in on the discussions to design it. Try both out and decide for yourself.
* Obligatory disclaimer: Sarkesian's salary, and those of other coaches and athletic department staff connected with UW and Washington State Univeristy, isn't paid out of state tax dollars, but from revenue generated by ticket sales and other athletic department endeavors. This creates a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison when lining up his salary with, say, Gov. Chris Gregoire. But it's still a lot of money, regardless of its source.