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Next week is launch of "Open Book-Wisconsin" website


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Administration Department now says it will launch a Web site next week to give people a better idea of where their state tax dollars are going.

Department Secretary Mike Huebsch says “Open Book-Wisconsin” has been two years in the making – and the first data will show what the state paid for goods and services from the 2008 fiscal year until the most current month.

Users will be able to search for records by departments, expense categories, and vendors.

Huebsch told Wisconsin Public Radio that state employee salaries and fringe benefits will be added to the “Open Book” site in the next few months. But some employees, like undercover agents, will not have their data posted.

Huebsch said Governor Scott Walker has made transparency in government expenses a major priority – and there’s a lot of data to enter into the new Web site.

The state created a Web site in 2006 which was supposed to list state government contracts. But Gannett newspapers said only 14 of 98 agencies posted the data.

Monday, Gannett reported that compliance has improved, but it’s still not where it should be.