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Salary Database Is Big Hit in Ohio

It's not a surprise that state worker salaries are a hot topic in Ohio, where a new law limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees has sparked a months-long feud between the majority Republicans who passed the measure and labor groups that want to repeal it.

Even so, the Ohio treasurer's office may have underestimated just how interested Ohioans are in their public employees' wages.

On Wednesday (August 31), Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel launched a new database listing all state employee salaries for 2011, as well as salaries for other public workers up to 2010. But the database drew so much attention that the response crashed the agency's server, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports .

The Buckeye Institute, an Ohio think tank that also is publishing the information , reported an overwhelming response of its own. The institute's database was averaging about 300 searches a minute on Wednesday, or a total of 200,000 searches in a day. Normally, it takes the organization about a month to log 200,000 data searches, The Plain Dealer notes.