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More Governments Putting Spending Data On State Website

Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel says more than 100 local governments have put their spending information on a treasurer's office website. The information includes more than six million checks for 14 billion dollars in spending by governments, school districts and libraries.  Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Mandel says though he’s pleased that more government agencies have agreed to have their spending data listed on, it’s just a fraction of the state’s nearly 4,000 local government entities and school districts. But Mandel says he’s still disappointed that the state’'s five pension funds aren'’t part of the project – especially the largest one: “I think they may think that I'’m going away. And my message to them at OPERS is, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’”  
Mandel’'s office got $3 million from the state for starting and maintaining the website, but he says the operating cost is fluid, depending on how many agencies offer up their data.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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