It's your checkbook

Register
Aug 10, 2014

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel wants to get the treasurer's house in order, and make the state's check registry accessible to the people who own it: Ohioans. 

Mandel asked the state lawmakers to mandate an online registry that would provide detail to anyone interested about every expenditure, from every state agency and department, accessible online. 

Mandel said his office is working to develop the programming and he wanted lawmakers to approve legislation that would require the state maintain an open checkbook. The idea, Mandel said, was so the work cannot be undone on the whim of some future Ohio treasurer. 

"Ohioans have a right to know how their hard-earned money is spent," Mandel said. "Having legislators establish a registry by law will preserve this open approach and give people access to the information."

The Ohio House already has approved the legislation to make the online registry be required by law. The Ohio Senate will take up the proposal this fall. 

We support Mandel's efforts and believe lawmakers should approve his plan. 

Providing Ohioans oversight of the state's checkbook is precisely the way government should operate in the age of digital communication.

 

Comments

Babo

This is a great idea and it should be extended to every level of state and local government.

Pterocarya frax...

On the surface this does sound like a good idea. I question how effective he will be at executing it, since he has failed so miserably at executing other aspects of his job.

Take for example, his not showing up 14 of the first 15 Board of Deposit meetings, which is part of his job. Or when he posted the salaries of every Ohio public employee on his S.O.S. website. Well he posted many of them but a number of them he got wrong, and he famously left off 70 of his own employees (cronies he appointed to positions).

Or how about him illegally using copyrighted photos without permission on his state website. Or filing FEC and other reports riddled with errors.

So forgive me if I question his motivations, and ability to carry it out.

sugar

Josh Mandel has done a great job managing the money, screw the meetings. The bottom line is where is the money?

LivinOnTheLake

Mandel has had almost 4 years to put this in place. Didn't he run on a platform that included this registry?

reader

Mandel needs to be sent back to the private sector along with his cronies.

deertracker

Agreed!

OpenGovOhio

The "Checkbook" for over 3,500 local government subdivisions exist at www.OpenGovOhio.com. We offer licenses to public associations (treasurers, auditors, councils, trustees, mayors, school boards for a very attractive annual fee).