"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

An Idaho spending database

Just a quick recommend and thumbs up for a new site, OurIdaho.com, which compiles information about government spending (including salaries), and makes that available through a searchable database. Its face is Wayne Hoffman, founder of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

Haven’t yet had a lot of time to play around with it. How complete it is isn’t obvious through a quick examination. But we’ll be coming back to it.

This could be highly useful – and this sort of transparency is never a bad thing. Check it out.

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  1. idaho shovel said:

    So where is all the “data” on the publicly funded charter schools- I assume since they are costing millions every year that is “data” taxpayer’s have a right to know as well!

    August 18, 2009
  2. fortboise said:

    I took a look at Hoffman’s new website… and sent him a suggestion that a little more transparency about his own organization would be nice. How much does he get paid for this gadfly hobby of his? What’s his organization’s budget, and where does it get its funding?

    Still waiting to hear back from him on that.

    August 20, 2009

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