"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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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