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Show me the spending

With the new year well underway, it’s time to start thinking of … yep, April 15.

So how well is your state and local government spending your hard-earned tax dollars? Not always well.

Fortunately, a new coalition has developed to let people see what’s going on across the states. It’s called Show Me the Spending.

Minnesota has enacted a law letting residents search for information on state grants and contracts valued at over $25,000. (It’s scheduled to go online in 2008.) Missouri’s governor has issued an executive order creating the Missouri Accountability Portal.

Other states with a publicly accessible database include Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas. An obvious omission is Michigan

If the legislature is going to take more of your money, it ought at least make it easy for you to find out how they’re spending it.