Following Friday’s story that detailed significant salary increases for some of USC’s highest-paid employees, we received dozens of comments, emails and phone calls from outraged readers.
Many of you asked us for more data.
On our website, you will now find a database of all USC salaries more than $100,000. In a separate column, labeled “temporary salary adjustments” by USC officials, you can see the raises given in 2010.
Why are we doing this?
It’s your money, and we think you have a right to know. Government is practiced best under rays of sunshine, and if these employees are getting bonuses of $20,000 or more on top of salaries that are often $200,000 or more, you at least deserve to know who is getting them.
USC officials would like you to believe these raises are all deserved. We think it’s your right to think for yourself.
We’d like to report more on these salary increases, but today is our last paper of the semester. You’ll see more information next semester.
Have a good summer!
— Josh Dawsey, Editor-in-Chief