August 13, 2008 By News Report
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's initiative to increase transparency and accountability in Missouri state government continues to grow in popularity. Blunt today announced that his Missouri Accountability Portal Internet site has exceeded the 10 million hit mark as more Missourians are using the site to find valuable information about how their tax dollars are spent.
"I am very pleased that Missouri taxpayers are visiting the Missouri Accountability Portal in such large numbers to see how their state government is spending their hard-earned tax dollars," Blunt said. "The creation of this Internet site has significantly increased accountability and transparency in Missouri state government as taxpayers have the greatest access to information in our state's history. With this important resource Missourians can map their tax dollars and hold their elected officials accountable for their spending choices."
The governor's MAP Internet site enables Missourians to track tax dollars in near real-time. Since launching the new Internet site last year there have been 10,195,416 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 Blunt'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.
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