Mandel on a mission

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel stopped by the Wapakoneta Daily News Wednesday to discuss legislation that would put the state’s checkbook online — an initiative he hopes will create “an army of citizen auditors” throughout the state.

“I’m doing this because I believe the people of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent,” Mandel said. “I think the best way to make government more efficient and smaller is to empower the people to follow the money.”

HB 175, also know as the “Open Ohio” bill, would establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database, allowing taxpayers to freely access the “billions of dollars in government expenses” of all state agencies.

The data will come from the state accounting system and will include the amount of the expenditure, the date of the expenditure, the person to whom the expenditure was paid and the state entity that made or requested the expenditure. Initially the data will go back five years and will build on itself every year thereafter.

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.