On Monday, August 16, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus announced the Indiana Open Government Initiative, a plan to improve transparency in state government budgeting and spending.
Senate Democrats will introduce legislation during the 2011 legislative session that pushes for more accountability to foster better budgeting practices, safeguard taxpayers, promote good jobs and improve efficiency.
The legislative proposal will include the following:
Share your ideas
Also announced under the initiative is an online forum where Hoosiers can submit their own ideas for increasing transparency in Indiana state government. Ideas submitted on the initiative website will be considered for inclusion in the final legislative package.
Thirty-two states allow residents to access detailed information about government expenditures online. Open government initiatives can save millions of taxpayer dollars through more efficient government operations, more competitive contracting bids and lower risk of fraud. Transparency also allows states to track how well subsidies and tax incentives deliver results and to reinvest dollars from underperforming programs into more successful ones.