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The Amherst payroll goes public

In compliance with a resolution passed earlier this year, the Amherst town Web site has posted all employee's salaries. 

The workers' names aren't included, which is OK. What Amherst taxpayers are getting is transparency — solid information about how their money is being spent. Because, let's face it, it is hard to gauge whether you are getting your money's worth if you don't know the cost of what you are buying.

Orchard Park also has made its payroll costs public, with no ill effect, and the City of Buffalo plans to post its salaries soon.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has launched a Web site called Open Book New York. It offers searchable databases of spending by 113 state agencies and more than 60,000 state contracts.

It might look cloudy out right now, but it looks like our governments might really be trying to let more sunshine in.

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