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Sunday, July 1, 2012

The on-line state checkbook is on-line

Posted By on Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

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The much ballyhooed on-line Arkansas checkbook is up and running, though you'll have to wait until July 6 before expenditures of each agency and contract data are accessible.

This new database includes not just state agencies, but the offices of elected officials.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, among those who pushed for the legislation (supported on a bipartisan basis by everyone from the Democratic-majority legislature to the Democratic governor), is right there. Easy-to-follow listing of the salaries of people in his office, for example. (Sadly, I've learned you can't hyperlink to the drilled-down lists, only to the lookup page.)

Pretty good payroll over at Secretary of State Mark Martin's place (1 in six figures). The governor? Glad you asked (three in six figures). Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has eight in six figures.

There are hours of amusement here and the ready accessibility beats going down to the Capitol and asking for data in person. Items remain to be perfected, no doubt. This is particularly true in links provided to data from other sources. Though the website says, for example, that you can search for reports of state employees' outside income by agency, not just by an employee's name, I can only find the secretary of state search by name, not by agency.

Take a look. Do some mining. Report.

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