Senate Budget Chief J. D. Alexander is leading the charge to take Florida’s budget online. From the St. Pete Times:
“We could effectively turn 18 million Floridians into auditors to make sure we’re spending every dollar as frugally as possible,” said Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander.
“This is bringing Florida’s budget truly in the sunshine,” said Senate Republican leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla of Miami. He said the first stage of the Web site should be functional by July, but it could take up to two years to post all spending information — including the actual checks cut for individual contracts and cell phone bills.
Diaz de la Portilla said taxpayers would be able to see if individual agencies are hoarding money or spending it unwisely or at the last minute in order to keep their budgets fat.