Public salary database exposes ‘double-dipping’

San Jose Mercury News Database
Headline: 'Double-dippers' rake in public money
Outlet: San Jose Mercury
Journalist: Tom Peele
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Investigative reporter Tom Peele spent more than two years building a database of public employee salaries and benefits. Last month provided Tom a chance to show the San Jose Mercury’s web and print audience just what that database can do.

In a time of dwindling newsrooms, the significant energy and resources put into this project helped expose a practice of ‘double-dipping’ among public employees who drew pensions from one municipality while receiving salaries from another.

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