Lots Sunshine in Alaska


From Jacob Wiens at POGO:

This week, the state of Alaska launched a website that tracks every state expenditure of over one thousand dollars, as reported on today’s NPR Morning Edition. This makes Alaska the tenth state government to provide such a service to its taxpayers. On a side note, Alaska also has the lowest individual tax burden of any state in the U.S.

Alaska calls its website "Checkbook Online." According to the state, this service "…is part of a national trend for governments to develop websites that allow constituents to view financial information in searchable formats. Such websites are widely considered to improve transparency into the financial operations of government."