Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Need for Transparency

Alabama announced last Friday that it would develop a Web site for its citizens to track how their state's share of stimulus money is spent. The Web site's URL is www.stimulus.alabama.gov. Individuals and groups will also be able to electronically submit project proposals for the stimulus money.

Whether folks agreed or disagreed on the stimulus package, I think a universal point of agreement is the need for complete transparency on where money is going. Citizens and organizations need accurate information on how to submit for projects. Projects need to go out for bid, with contractors and small businesses having a level playing field when bidding for these projects.

Mississippi needs its own Web site to track stimulus dollars. People should be able to see how money was spent, which projects are out for bid and who was awarded those bids. This will ensure maximum transparency and accountability for such a massive sum of money.

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