WKYC: Josh Mandel on publicizing workers' pay, his campaign

4:51 PM, Sep 1, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Apparently, a lot of Ohioans are interested in how much various public workers make.

A website launched Tuesday by State Treasurer Josh Mandel crashed from an overload of inquiries from 267,000 users.

"Every day in the state of Ohio, middle class families go to work, work their butts off and work hard and honestly...When they pay taxes, I think they have a right to know where their taxes are going," Mandel said.

There's been a lot of positive response to Mandel's transparency intiative.

But critics suggest  it might be intended as a way to win votes in favor of preserving Senate Bill 5 by making information available about salaries that some private sector workers might find upsetting.

Mandel denies that, saying the project has been in the works for about a year.

He refuses to officially declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, despite ongoing fundraising efforts and public comments critical of his prospective opponent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

In this interview with Tom Beres, he also answers questions about media stories dealing with fundraising from one company's workers that raises many questions.

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