May 9, 2009

Opening up the Delaware checkbook

Good news out of Delaware today:

Gov. Jack Markell announced on Thursday that he would be posting the state checkbook online so taxpayers can see how their money is being spent. The to-be-created website will be a collaborative effort by the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Technology and Information, the Department of Finance and the Government Information Center. It is scheduled to be launched by July 30 of this year.

The website will include expenditures made by the state and school districts as well as the ability to search by vendor.

Congratulations to Delaware on embracing transparency. Let's hope the finished product will live up to its billing.