Governor Urges Legislature to Make Financial Disclosure Site Permanent
"The MAP site is a great tool for Missourians that holds elected officials accountable to the taxpayers."
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt today lauded the success of his Missouri Accountability Portal
(MAP) as the site topped the 3 million visitor mark. In his State of the State Address Blunt urged the General Assembly to make the MAP site permanent ensuring future transparency for Missouri taxpayers.
"Missouri taxpayers deserve to know how their government spends their hard-earned dollars and that is why I urge the General Assembly to make this a permanent feature, ensuring that state government serves citizens effectively and is directly accountable to the people who pay the bills," Blunt said. "The MAP site is a great tool for Missourians that holds elected officials accountable to the taxpayers."
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 on July 10, 2007, there have been 3,039,768 visits 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, said the Governor's Office in a release. The MAP site is updated at the close of each business day to provide up-to-date access to information about state spending. Users 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 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.