When it comes to letting taxpayers see how the state is spending money, Wisconsin gets close to a failing grade. Wisconsin received a “D-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to a new report. “States like Texas and Massachusetts have really led the way,” said Bruce Speight with Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group. In fact, Speight said Massachusetts is updating is government spending website nightly. Speight said it only makes sense for Wisconsin to do a better job. “One of the biggest benefits is that we can actually ferret out waste, and in the long run the hope is that this would be n the best interests of taxpayers.”
A spokesperson for the state Department of Administration said Governor Walker believes the best way to find additional savings is to show taxpayers how their money is being spent, and the agency is working diligently to achieve that goal.