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For Immediate Release
April 11, 2007

Comptroller Reports Expenditures for 12 More State Agencies


AUSTIN — As part of a continued plan to set new standards for transparency and accountability in state spending, Comptroller Susan Combs today announced 12 more state agencies have made their expenditures available on the Comptroller’s Web site.

“State agencies have embraced the idea that we must better inform taxpayers about how the government spends their hard-earned dollars,” Combs said. “We will work with state agencies to upgrade technology or do whatever it takes to enable them to report their expenditures to post online.”

The agencies most recently posting expenditures on the Comptroller’s Web site, www.window.state.tx.us, include the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Public Finance Authority, Employees Retirement System of Texas, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Building and Procurement Commission, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Department of Information Resources, Texas Water Development Board and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Combs began posting her agency’s expenditures online during her first week in office. Detailed expenditure lists for eight additional agencies were posted on the Comptroller’s Web site in February, and taxpayers can now view the details of these 12 other agencies’ expenditures.

“Taxpayers expect and deserve transparency and accountability in state spending,” Combs said. “The public now has easy access to information useful in deciding whether tax dollars are being spent in a responsible manner.”

Combs previously posted expenditures for the Comptroller’s office, Texas Education Agency, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Texas Department of State Health Services.

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