March 19, 2009

March 19, 2009
Tracking How Taxpayer Dollars Are Spent in Florida


Thanks for stopping by to check out another blog entry. It has been another long day full of meetings and telephone conferences.

I have started back to working out after taking four days off due to the conference in Ft. Walton Beach. Today I did a chest and tricep workout and of course my protein shakes. It felt good to workout again since I was missing it and starting to feel the definition in the muscles starting to soften. We are also starting a new statewide HIV/AIDS organization but I will be writing more about that in another blog entry soon.

Today I would like to talk about how taxpayer money is being used in Florida.

GOVENOR CRIST AND CFO SINK UNVEIL SUNSHINE SPENDING WEBSITE

Promotes financial transparency, allows Floridians to track how their taxpayer dollars are spent

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced a new Web site that will allow Floridians to track how state government spends their taxpayer dollars: www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SunshineSpending. The launch of the Sunshine Spending Web site comes during Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of Florida ’s dedication to making state and local government more accessible to the public.

“Now more than ever, as Florida faces historic economic challenges, the people of Florida need to know that state agencies are investing their hard-earned taxpayer dollars responsibly,” Governor Crist said. “The Sunshine Spending Web site is a great first step that will help citizens hold state government accountable.”

“For the last two years, I have worked to make Tallahassee more open and accountable to Florida ’s taxpayers,” said CFO Sink. “I am pleased that Floridians will be able to know exactly who is spending and who is getting their tax dollars, and glad we were able to provide this transparent step at no extra cost to Floridians.”

Updated every night, the Sunshine Spending Web site is an important step toward increased fiscal accountability in state spending. The site allows citizens to conduct a basic search for vendors and other recipients of state funds by the first part of the vendor’s name. It was created using existing resources, with no additional tax dollars spent to create or maintain it.

The Sunshine Spending Web site was produced by the Department of Financial Services in conjunction with representatives from the Governor’s office, Americans for Tax Reform and the James Madison Institute.

Currently, most state agencies include a list of contracts of at least over $25,000 in the open government section of their Web site. In conjunction with this information, the Sunshine Spending Web site will allow citizens to access additional information about payments to vendors.

On Sunshine Spending, citizens can access the following information:

o Payment totals to a vendor for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2004-05. Information for the current fiscal year is updated nightly.

o Detailed information about each payment, including the requesting state agency. The phone number for the agency’s finance and accounting contact person, and document numbers related to the payment to assist with further requests for public records.

For the Sunshine Spending Web site, click on the links below:

please visit: www.MyFloridaCFO.com/SunshineSpending or www.FLGov.com/SunshineSpending.

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