April 12, 2008

Your Tax Dollars at Work

I believe that much, if not most, of the travel done by our congressional delegation and their staffs is justifiable in doing their jobs. I suspect some isn’t.

But just how much do they travel? Where do they go? Why? How much does it cost?

Many of these questions and others are answered in a fairly new web site I discovered this week. It also includes salaries and other financial information relative to our tax dollars. Take a look at the site http://www.legistorm.com/ and see what you think. I promise that it’ll keep you busy for a while!

It would be good to see such an initiative in South Dakota. A few state governments – Alaska comes to mind – have launched web sites that post state expenditures.

Thus far, there’s been no appetite amongst the administration of Governor Mike Rounds to make this kind of information available on line. Perhaps that’ll change down the road – with a good bit of nudging!

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