[r76] Meaningful Transparency in Government Budgets (1/12/2011)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Start Date: 1/12/2011 All Day
End Date: 1/12/2011
STATEHOUSE - Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) will be co-authoring House Bill 1004, which enhances transparency within the Indiana government budget, allowing Hoosier taxpayers to see how their money is being spent. This bill aligns with the Strengthen Indiana Plan - where providing additional transparency tools are key to communicating with Hoosiers.

"Hoosiers should be able to effortlessly see how their tax dollars are being spent," said McNamara.

Legislation would require the Auditor of the State and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to work with the Office of Technology (IOT) to establish and post on the Internet a database website including state expenditures and fund balances for educational institutions, local governments, and local schools.

Additionally, it would require the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to establish an interactive portal that allows access to a listing of state expenditures and fund balances of state educational institutions. Database websites would also be established for the Department of Education (DOE) and political subdivisions. 

"The time has come for us to catch up with technology and provide Hoosiers with a website that is easy to navigate," said McNamara.

"House Republicans have championed transparency initiatives.  This session, we plan to continue our initiatives that open the doors to state government," said Speaker Bosma (R- Indianapolis).