Web Site Tracks State Spending
August 19th, 2008

The Empire Center for New York State Policy, a project of the fiscally and socially conservative think-tank Manhattan Institute, has launched a database for tracking state government spending: SeeThroughNY. Visitors can browse through state employee payrolls, government contracts, legislative spending records, and lists of “pork” or specific organizations and projects funded by individual lawmakers.

While the site provides easy access to information that is publicly accessible but still a chore to obtain (sometimes requiring Freedom of Information requests), an intimate knowledge about state government – like names of specific employees, companies, or individual legislators – is still useful when wading through the data.

An article in the New York Sun notes that the web site plans to expand the database to include city and county employees as well.

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