Compromise Reached Over NC Public Hospital Employee Compensation

Lawmakers reached a compromise today involving public records at hospitals.

Public hospitals would be required to make the total compensation they give to their top executives and other key employees available to members of the public.

The House and Senate had disagreed over whether the state's 30 or so publicly owned hospitals should have to release more than just the base salary of their workers.

A 2005 state Appeals Court ruling involving The Charlotte Observer had sided with a public hospital that wanted to conceal the full compensation of current and former workers. The hospital had argued that releasing it would put them at a disadvantage with their private rivals, which don't have to disclose the information.