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New Florida think-tank website launches, tracking government spending

A new think-tank, based in Naples, launched a government-tracking website that lists salaries of government workers and contractors on Monday. 

The site, FloridaOpenGov.org, lists payroll information at the state, county and local schools levels and got the stamp of approval today from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

The 6-month-old group behind the website, the Foundation for Government Accountability, describes itself as a nonpartisan non-profit dedicated to limited government and economic freedom. Private donations fund the public-records site and a list of some donors can be found at FloridaFGA.org.

The organization's CEO,Tarren Bragdon, chaired a similar think-tank in Maine and served in the Maine House of Representatives as a Republican representing parts of Bangor from 1996 to 2000.

"Ensuring that government is open and transparent is the only surefire way to hold government bureaucrats and officials accountable at all levels for spending, process, as well as outcomes," Bragdon said. 

The site, lists the top earners in state government, starting with Frank Brogan, the Chancellor of the state University system, who made $509,999 in salary and benefits in 2010. Data for county governments are available as well.