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Government spending can be found a few clicks away

May 14, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the Editor:

Ever wonder which Florida state worker earns the highest taxpayer-paid salary? Or which government agency spent the most on promotional advertising? Do you know how spending in your city or town compares to others across the state?

You and I know times are tough and budgets are tight. But what's not easily known is just how much state, county and local governments have spent over the years on payroll and payments to businesses and people ... until now. has the answers.

Our friends at the Foundation for Government Accountability unveiled in Tallahassee recently to protect and expand taxpayers' right to know how government spends their money. You can search by name, year, agency, and more. has more than a decade's worth of government spending down to the employee, department and dollar. includes:

- County government payroll (FY 1997-2011)

- Local K-12 public education payroll (FY 1997-2011)

- State government payroll (1995-2010)

- Local government spending (1993-2010)

- State vendor payments (2005-2011) is a powerful and user-friendly new online transparency hub that puts nearly 35 million public records and $1.4 trillion in government spending right at our fingertips.

Good government is transparent government. is a huge leap forward.

Visit today and become informed. I'm confident you will find as valuable as I have.

Matt Caldwell

Lehigh Acres

State Incumbent Rep. Caldwell, who represents an area that includes Lehigh Acres, qualified last week with enough signatures for his name to appear on the ballot.



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