The Marin Independent Journal has discovered that Marin County has a new policy prohibiting the release of salaries of individual county government employees. For years, anyone could request the name and salary of any county employee. But County Supervisor Cynthia Murray (pictured), a candidate for state Assembly, said the public payroll should be private, except for elected officials and employees under contract, unless the court authorizes its release in a pending legal case. According to the IJ story by Keri Brenner, another supervisor is crying foul along with a local taxpayer group, which warns of “secret pay hikes and bonuses” if the salary information isn’t available to the public.

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