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For Immediate Release
February 21, 2007

Comptroller Susan Combs Makes More State Expenditures Public


AUSTIN — Comptroller Susan Combs has posted detailed expenditure lists for eight state agencies on the Web site, enabling Texans to easily see how their tax dollars are being spent. Making state expenditures public is part of the Comptrollers initiative to make state government more transparent.

“As the window on state government, the Comptroller’s office can’t have the blinds pulled down,” Combs said. “During my first week as Comptroller, I began posting my agency’s expenditures online, right down to pencils, and I asked other state agencies to join us.”

In addition to the Comptroller’s office, expenditures by the following agencies are posted at www.window.state.tx.us: Texas Education Agency, Texas Workforce Commission, Health and Human Services Commission, Department of Family and Protective Services, Department of Aging and Disability Services, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Department of State Health Services.

Not all state agencies currently have an automated system necessary to report their expenditures to the Comptroller for posting on the Comptroller’s Web site. The Comptroller is developing a plan to put more agencies’ expenditures online.

“This is a first for Texas,” Combs said. “We’re setting a new standard of transparency and accountability in state spending. It’s the taxpayers’ money, and the taxpayers deserve to know whether their money is being spent in a responsible manner.”

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