Colorado Spending Transparency

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Colorado Spending Transparency (CST) is a project sponsored by the Independence Institute in Colorado, with a mission "to get the state of Colorado, all municipalities, counties and school districts to put their check registries online, in a searchable database. We want to know where all the money goes and not just from some annual report that is long on numbers but short on specifics. We believe taxpayers have a right to know where and how every single dime of their money is being spent."

CST advocates for the idea of "no taxation without information."

CST says, "...check registries and copies of checks are a matter of public record, but why should a taxpayer have to go to the herculean task of submitting a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request, which may or may not be honored, and then be subjected to fees of anywhere from a few to a few thousand dollars just to get information on how his or her tax dollars are being spent? They shouldn’t."

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