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State treasurer launches accountability website

ShowMeCheckbook.mo.gov updates financial accountability to website users. (Kermit Miller/KRCG 13)

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has launched a new website for people to find information about government finances.

At a news conference, Schmitt told capitol reporters the website ShowMeCheckbook.mo.gov is powered by over 20 million individual data points. He said that makes it one of the most comprehensive state government financial data portals in the country.

The state's first financial accountability portal went up in 2007 under former Governor Matt Blunt. Schmitt said it was badly out of date.

"Unfortunately in the past the state has not provided adequate tools for accessing information about state finances,” Schmitt said. “Show-Me Checkbook gives greater access to state finances by creating a one-stop-shop for information on state spending, revenue, payroll, debt and cash flow. Missourians have a right to see how their money is being spent and managed in Jefferson City and Show-Me Checkbook lets them do just that.”

Schmitt said the new website provides a lot of computation. For example, the user can learn the amount of state debt per Missouri resident. Right now, the site provides data as far back as 2007, when the first accountability web portal emerged. Schmitt said new data will be added daily. He also told reporters his office will gather feedback from website users in order to make improvements.

Schmitt said the site was modeled after a similar site in Texas. He said his staff did all of the work, with special costs limited to $2,000 for licensing fees.


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