You Be the Auditor
Just when you think there's no such thing as government accountability anymore, along comes a nifty web tool that lets Virginians play auditor on every little expenditure the state makes, and I mean every last one. You can now track your state government's actions in remarkable detail
right down to the governor spending $67.65 at University Florist on May 15, 2003.
Like many other such goo-goo tools, this one may be more attractive in theory than in reality; not that many of us have the time to go rooting through each fund that the sprawling state government has. But if some particular office of government ticks you off, you now have the wherewithal to check up on them. This is a delightful little tool, for reporters and for citizens generally.
The project, Commonwealth Data Point, doesn't restrict itself to state spending--you can also find a census of prisoners held in Virginia, school, income, workforce and driver's license stats, and all sorts of other fun stuff. Let your inner geek go wild.
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