Transparency in State Spending

A measure in the state budget passed last month requires the state to post online every purchase of $100 or more. The new requirement greatly expands the state’s reporting requirements and will offer the public a closer look at state expenditures.

The state must post the grant or contract for each expense, the agency doing the spending, the name and address of the individual or business being paid, and the amount and category of the spending.

One of the vetoes Governor Walker issued when he signed the budget was directed at this provision. The Legislature had given agencies until July 1, 2013, to comply, but Walker struck this language, and is directing agencies to begin reporting immediately.

Since 2006, the state has operated a similar program known as Contract Sunshine, which is supposed to show information on all state expenditures over $10,000.