Monday, February 08, 2010

OMG, Yankee Did It!

The Yankee Institute, the premier conservative-libertarian think tank in Connecticut, has provided a new tool – a web Sherlock Holmes that allows political watchdogs to monitor spending in the state – that will make it less possible for entrenched politicians to fool all the people all the time.

The website, titled appropriately CTSunlight.org , is “an electronic tool constructed by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy – so that the citizens of Connecticut can look at every line item of state government spending and discover how OUR tax dollars are being spent by the people in Hartford.”

The site provides three windows – Payroll, Pensions, and Checks to Businesses & People – that allows concerned citizens, reporters and politicians to view every dollar spent by state taxing authorities in Connecticut.

And, yes, you can find out how much Joe Blow, now retired from Three Rivers Community College, makes per year in his retirement pension, or how much Jim Amann (“position not disclosed”) makes in annual salary.




Why shouldn't you know? They're YOUR tax dollars.

2 comments:

Fuzzy Dunlop said...

Often, when someone leaves a high level staff position in state government, whether for the Governor's office or a staff position for a legislative caucus or commission, we see a press release that states "so and so will be leaving state service."....

Can we please make a new rule that anyone making six figures with the potential to receive a lifetime benefits package isn't allowed to call it state "service." Maybe we could retitle it something more accurate, like state "gravy train."

I had no idea public service had become so lucrative. Screw the private sector.

Don Pesci said...

Fuzzy,

Your keen and continuing interest will be appreciated.