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How Does Maryland Spend Our Money?

Posted by Ed C on Sunday, March 18, 2007

On Tuesday, March 20th, there is a hearing on HB 1252: Maryland Funding Accountability and Transparency Act 0f 2007.

The bill introduced by Delegate Warren Miller (R-Howard County, District 9A) and supported by other Howard County Republicans Delegate Gale Bates and Senator Allan Kittleman (via SB 995) would let anyone find out:

Synopsis: Requiring the Department of Budget and Management to develop and operate a searchable website that includes specified information for State financial assistance and expenditures over $25,000; specifying parameters of the website; authorizing the Secretary of Budget and Management to designate agencies to participate in the development, operation, or support of the website; etc.

The Examiner covered this bill here.

Marylanders keep being told we face a looming structural deficit. This bill would provide an open, transparent and non-partisan way to see how our money is really being spent.

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One Response to “How Does Maryland Spend Our Money?”

  1. hocoterp said

    It’s an interesting idea, and sheds more light on government, which is generally a good thing.

    I checked the MGA website and the bill doesn’t have a fiscal note, probably because it’ll be shoved in a drawer as soon as it gets assigned to a committee, but I’d like to know how much it would cost to comply with requirements of the legislation. I’m sure Del. Miller wouldn’t mind people asking the cost of the program vs. it’s benefits to the public.

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