March 17, 2009 By News Report
"The Sunshine Spending Web site is a great first step that will help citizens hold state government accountable." -- Gov. Charlie Crist (pictured)
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced a new Web site that will allow Floridians to track how state government spends their taxpayer dollars. The launch of the Sunshine Spending Web site comes during Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of Florida's dedication to making state and local government more accessible to the public.
"Now more than ever, as Florida faces historic economic challenges, the people of Florida need to know that state agencies are investing their hard-earned taxpayer dollars responsibly," Crist said. "The Sunshine Spending Web site is a great first step that will help citizens hold state government accountable."
"For the last two years, I have worked to make Tallahassee more open and accountable to Florida's taxpayers," said CFO Sink. "I am pleased that Floridians will be able to know exactly who is spending and who is getting their tax dollars, and glad we were able to provide this transparent step at no extra cost to Floridians."
Updated every night, the site is allows citizens to conduct a basic search for vendors and other recipients of state funds by the first part of the vendor's name. It was created using existing resources, with no additional tax dollars spent to create or maintain it, according to the Governor's Office.
The site was produced by the Department of Financial Services in conjunction with representatives from the Governor's office, Americans for Tax Reform and the James Madison Institute.
Currently, most state agencies include a list of contracts of at least over $25,000 in the open government section of their Web site. In conjunction with this information, the Sunshine Spending Web site will allow citizens to access additional information about payments to vendors.
On Sunshine Spending, citizens can access the following information:
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