Pennsylvania Taxpayer Transparency Act

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The Pennsylvania Taxpayer Transparency Act, or Senate Bill 105, was introduced in Pennsylvania January of 2009.

Pennsylvania Taxpayer Transparency Act

This General Assembly bill intended to create an online, searchable database of budgetary information. Pennsylvania Transparency Advocates and taxpayer activists have expressed support for an earlier version of the bill.[1][2]

Key Points:

  • A database driven website will be developed.
  • The budget information available online will include sources of income, amount of funds expended, descriptions of all expenditures, and more.
  • The database would be updated yearly
  • Information on grants and contracts provided by government agencies. All transactions above $25,000 would be accessible to the public;
  • Agency performance indicators and quarterly performance results compared to these indicators;
  • Agency line-by-line appropriation analysis including user-friendly detailed monetary breakouts and detailed narrative descriptions.[3]

Status

Reported by Senate Finance Committee, February 10, 2009[4]

The PA Taxpayer Transparency Act is sponsored by Sen. Patrick Browne. The bill has 31 co-sponsors and bi-partisan support.[5]

External links

See also

References

  1. Open Records PA
  2. "An Open Letter to the Pennsylvania State Senate: Taxpayers Support Spending Transparency Website," National Taxpayers Union, May 6, 2008
  3. PA Senate GOP
  4. PA General Assembly Website
  5. PA General Assembly Website