Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CT Database Slated To Show Every State Transaction

The Day posted this article:
Connecticut residents will soon be able to know how every last penny of their taxes are being spent while sitting at their home computers.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed legislation that will lead to the creation of a searchable, online database showing all state expenditures. It is expected to be in place by July 1, 2011.

"This is a wonderful step forward for open and transparent state government," said Rell, who on Friday signed House Bill 5163, An Act Requiring the Establishment of a Searchable Database for State Expenditures.

Under this bill, taxpayers will be able to see all the details of state expenditures, including state contracts and grants. Every state agency will provide the legislature's Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) with financial details and OFA will post the information online.

"The bottom line for everyone is simple,'' Rell said. "The more information provided to the public, the better."

Well, that is of course if it doesn't choke your computer while downloading.

And the cost of implementing this database? According to the fiscal analysis; there are none. Isn't that amazing?

They also did not stipulate, in this piece of legislation, that the searchable information come with a posted warning:
"Contents of this accounting of expenditures is likely to bring on fainting spells, fits of anger and the possibility of stroke or seizures due to rapid increase of blood pressure. Please make sure you are sitting down and comfortably medicated before viewing contents of this database."