Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt yesterday highlighted the success of his Missouri Accountability Portal (MAP) as the site topped the 7 million hit mark, providing all Missourians with valuable information about how their tax dollars are spent.

"Missouri taxpayers deserve to know how their state government spends their hard-earned dollars and that is why it is important that the Missouri Accountability Portal was established," Gov. Blunt said. "This Internet site has proven to be a successful tool that Missourians will continue to utilize to map how their tax dollars are spent."

The governor's MAP site is an Internet site enabling Missourians to track the expenditure of all tax dollars in near real-time. Since launching the new Internet site last year there have been 7,079,864 hits to the MAP site.

The MAP site is one of the first comprehensive databases of financial records based on real-time data in the nation, according to a release from the Governor's Office. The MAP site is updated at the close of each business day to provide up-to-date access to information about state spending. Anyone can search the MAP site by budget category, vendor or contract. Links to other public information maintained by the state are also available on the MAP site. The MAP expenditure site has also been enhanced to allow Missourians to review state expenditures by state agency and information regarding tax credits administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development since tax credit application year 2000. The site also provides easy to access, real time information on state employee salaries.