[r32] Rep. Turner Applauds Transparency (9/1/2010)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Start Date: 9/1/2010 All Day
End Date: 9/1/2010

Rep. Eric Turner (R-Marion) is pleased with State Auditor Tim Berry's new one-stop-shop transparency website: http://www.transparency.in.gov/.

The website contains an interactive budget section, revenue data, state debt authority review, all state contracts, employee salaries and more.

"With the ease and accessibility of the internet in this day and age, there's no reason this information should not be readily available to every Hoosier," said Rep. Turner. "Media and taxpayers have every right to see where public dollars are being spent."

In 2009 and 2010, Rep. Turner attempted to add transparency initiatives to the state budget and other House legislation, only to see his efforts stripped from the bills in conference committee by House Speaker Pat Bauer.

Rep. Turner's efforts would have established a publicly searchable internet database of state expenditures and account balances, including expenditures for contracts and grants.

"Auditor Berry's efforts are admirable, but this website does not negate the importance of putting transparency in state statute so future Auditors will continue the practice of providing information on the state budget and spending on the web in an easy to access and navigable fashion," Rep. Turner said.

Later this year, the website will be updated to include an expenditure search tool for the state and a complete list of local government financial reports.

The website includes a suggestion box to encourage feedback from taxpayers who visit the site. Visit the new website at http://www.transparency.in.gov/.

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Rep. Turner serves House District 4, which contains portions of Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties.