National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Ohio State Treasurer: Empowering taxpayers to hold politicians accountable

As Treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington D.C.

The concept is simple. When government is big, the people are small. But when government is small, the people are big. As someone who sees his boss as the 11.5 million people of Ohio, I am all about power to the people.

So this past December I launched OhioCheckbook.com, which for the first time in Ohio history puts every single state expenditure online. $408 billion of state spending over the past seven fiscal years is now at the fingertips of anyone with an Internet connection – from $2 for a pack of pencils to $2 million for road expenditures, and everything in between.  Continue>>>

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