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State officials launch "Open Book Wisconsin" for taxpayers

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin officials launched a new Web site Thursday, to give state taxpayers a better idea of how their money's being spent.  

"Open Book Wisconsin" was first scheduled to go online a year ago. Officials said part of the holdup was to make sure that sensitive information did not get posted inadvertently, like Social Security numbers.  

Deputy Administration Secretary Chris Schoenherr told reporters that additional tests were also needed.  

Schoenherr said it was Governor Scott Walker's goal to gave taxpayers an easy way to see how their money is used.  Majority Republicans approved the new Web site in the 2011 state budget.  

People can search more than 25 million state expense reports dating back to 2007. As time goes on, officials say Open Book Wisconsin will include more information about specific purchases, state government contracts, information about state grants, and salaries and fringe benefit data for state workers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)