Arkansas spending and revenue website proposed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lt. Gov.-elect Mark Darr calls a proposal that would establish a website to provide information about Arkansas' spending and revenue "a good first start" in state government becoming more transparent.

The proposal for the upcoming legislative session by state Rep. Ed Garner, R-Maumelle, would require the state Department of Finance and Administration to develop the website by Jan. 1, 2012. Darr says such "an online checkbook" would help expose and prevent government waste.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that similar legislation stalled in 2009 after the state Finance Department estimated it would cost $4.5 million to develop and operate the site the first year and about $2.9 million a year after that. Gov. Mike Beebe says he favors the concept but that the state must be able to afford it first.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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