…but it is amazing that states who have embraced the idea of showing taxpayers where their money is going keep saving money.
Take, for example, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.
“With these Web sites, Missouri and Kansas residents don’t have to pay government agencies for labor and research time for public records on expenditures and contracts. Conversely, government employees don’t have to take time away from providing state services in order to comply with public records requests.”
“Also, the Internet sites promote efficiency and competitive bidding. With access to contracts, businesses can evaluate whether they can offer goods and services to the state at lower prices. And government agencies can evaluate multiple contracts from various vendors and search for volume discounts.”
“In Texas, the transparency Web site “Where the Money Goes” cost $300,000 to develop but has saved the state millions because, according to Comptroller Susan Combs, it revealed duplicated contracts that could be consolidated.”
If Kentucky really wants to clear up our fiscal situation rather than just raise taxes and expand government, we should immediately set up spending transparency wherever public money is spent in Kentucky.