Alaska Web Site Offers Transparency

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The government in Alaska launched a Web site this week listing every state expense of more than $1,000. It's the latest state to set up a Web site to let taxpayers see where their money is going. Ten other states have such sites.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our last word today is transparency. This week, the state government in Alaska launched a Web site that lists every state expense of more than $1,000. It's the latest state to set up a site where taxpayers can see where their money is going. Ten now have such sites. But if one were to clinch the prize for Best Transparency, it might be Missouri.

A spokesperson for the National Tax Payers Union, which tracks these Web sites, describes Missouri's as the most user friendly. It's updated every 24 hours and it lists every payment, even one made out to Bud's Fire Extinguisher Sales for $78.

And this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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