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Court Grants Access to Pension Data

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November 4, 2011

New Hampshire's Supreme Court has ruled that the public has a right to know the names and payment amounts of the state's top 500 pension earners. The Union Leader sued the NH Retirement System (NHRS) under the state's Right-to-Know Law, the Nashua Telegraph reports. "We have determined that retirees have a privacy interest in their names and benefit amounts, but that interest is comparable to public employees' privacy interest in their names and salaries," Associate Justice Gary Hicks wrote in the court's decision, adding, "The public has an interest both in knowing how public funds are spent and in uncovering corruption and error in the administration of NHRS."
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