New searchable online database includes state spending down to transaction level
The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s free-market think tank, has launched NHOpenGov.org a free searchable online database that makes all state spending down to the dollar available online. “In an internet age, citizens should be able to google government spending,” Josiah Bartlett Center President Charlie Arlinghaus said. “Your government checkbook should be just as accessible as your personal checkbook. We’re pleased to be able to build this infrastructure and offer it as a public service, like a modern encyclopedia of government spending,” Arlinghaus said.
The site has been and will be funded entirely by private donations and the information has been collected through right-to-know requests from official state sources. “We are constantly collecting and processing new information and will update the information available frequently. Having the eyes of thousands of individual citizens looking at every piece of government spending from a $4 car wash to a multi-million dollar grant can only make government better and more accountable,” Arlinghaus added.
“The government transparency movement is supported by political leaders from President Obama to the Tea Party Movement. Modern technology can make government not just an open book but an online, searchable, detailed book you can access from anywhere in the world through the internet.”
The project has been led by our transparency director Josh Elliott-Traficante and is the result of thousands of hours of work and web development. It also would not have been possible without the cooperation and advice of the Department of Administrative Services and commissioner Linda Hodgdon. Elliott-Traficante added "This is only the beginning of this project and of a site that should continue for years as an important research tool for all our citizens."
The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy is a independent free market think tank focused on state and local public policy issues that affect the quality of life for New Hampshire's citizens. The Center has as its core beliefs individual freedom and responsibility, limited and accountable government, and an appreciation of the role of the free enterprise system. The Center seeks to promote policy that supports these beliefs by providing information, research, and analysis.