The Baltimore Sun reports on recent efforts to pass legislation to create a publicly accessible database of state spending for the state of Maryland. The proposed database was approved in the House of Delegates and saw no opposition in a key Senate committee and has support from staunch liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Sierra Club as well as conservative organizations such as Americans for Tax Reform. Both sides argue that more transparency will lead to better government and less waste. The database would allow anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to find out where the money is coming from, who was awarded the contracts and how much they received from the state for anything else.
Can Pennsylvania be far behind?