The Missouri Public Research Group Foundation, a non-partisan organization, conducted a study to rate each of the 50 states on how well they provide online access to government spending data. Missouri received a C+. Phineas Baxandall, a Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy for the U.S. Public Research Group Foundation, says though a lot of spending information is easily accessible, information on some subsidies or funds given to non-governmental is hard to find.
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he plans to launch a state website to gather tips about wasteful spending in Missouri government.
Kinder, a Republican, said the website should be running soon. He detailed plans for it while asking a legislative committee on Wednesday to increase his office budget by about $38,500, to get it back to its level in 2009.
Kinder said if the website and his staff don't identify enough wasteful spending to offset the appropriation, he'll return the additional money.