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Louisiana Checkbook: GOP Seeks Spending Website in Tax Talks

February 8, 2018
By Melinda Deslatte
Originally Posted on U.S. News & World Report

In Louisiana's partisan debate over taxes, Republicans and Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration are bickering over a one-stop website detailing how every state budget dollar is spent.

GOP lawmakers, conservative organizations and business groups are promoting a searchable website they say offers transparency in government, which they're calling Louisiana Checkbook.

It's among spending control measures sought by House Republican leaders as they negotiate with the Democratic governor over his push to replace $1 billion in expiring temporary taxes.

Edwards' administration says it supports a transparency website and is working on something similar. But the governor's chief budget adviser, Jay Dardenne, says Louisiana needs every agency on the same financial management computer system, an ongoing project that will cost another $26 million to finish over two to three years.