What is your favorite public record to request? Employment contracts are near the top of my list. They can tell you so much more than what someone's salary is. For instance, did you know that some public employees get private jets, personal drivers, country club memberships and other benefits as part of their job?
Journalists around the country have discovered these perks by requesting the contracts of prominent public leaders, such as superintendents and college coaches, whose salaries and other benefits are public record.