Thursday, February 28, 2013

Site Allows the Public to See State and Local Government Spending

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy has just updated their "See The Spending" Website that categorizes state and county spending by fiscal year. The website provides information on overall State and County spending
by department, category, fund or vendor. State information is current through December 2012.

While not all have provided information, 60 of the State's 82 counties do have information on the site thru September 2012, (end of last fiscal year). This includes Winston County. WinstonWebNews took a look at the site. There is a great deal of information including totals and invoices to specific vendors. The reader should be aware that due to the volume of data and possible large volume of web traffic, the site is a bit slow to load but well worth the time.

Vendors include those ranging from large expenditures such as vehicle purchases and fuel to small amounts paid to poll workers and jurors. You can access the site at http://seethespending.org. You must register to access information but there is no cost.

Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) is an independent, non-profit, public policy organization based in Jackson and works to promote and protect the concepts of free markets, limited government, and strong traditional families according to their website. The following information comes directly from their website:

"MCPP is an independent organization, but it is a member of the State Policy Network, which is comprised of more than 40 state-based think tanks around the country that approach issues from a limited government and free-market perspective. MCPP is also informally associated with "family policy councils" in more than 30 states which approach issues based on their impact on the traditional family.

MCPP is supported by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. MCPP does not seek or accept funding from government sources for its projects or programs."