“State Director, Scott Hagerstrom @followscott, testifies in support of online database of state expenses HB 4096 http://1.usa.gov/K8QnJg. The government is accountable to the taxpayers of Michigan. This bill would enable citizens to see exactly where their money is being spent.” (Americans for Prosperity, Michigan)
This bill was originally introduced back in January of 2011. While I understand the actual logistics of putting something like this together after the bill passes may take time (certainly not 16 months), there should be no question on allowing the bill itself to pass fairly quickly. Taxpayers deserve to be able to see how every dime of their tax dollars are spent. I really like how this bill is so short and simple – 2 pages long. My only concern is on page 2:
6 (3) NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF
7 INFORMATION THAT IS CONSIDERED CONFIDENTIAL BY STATE OR FEDERAL
This could be a loophole to allow potential abuse. With laws like the USA PATRIOT Act and the NDAA, anything could be put under the blanket statement of “confidential”. Other than that, lawmakers should have no reason to vote against this bill.