State Spending Now Searchable Online

By Aaron Rice
September 29, 2010

Dear Friends,

We are very excited to announce the official launch of our new transparency website, The site allows searches of state spending for any or all of the past seven fiscal years. See the news release below. Please take the opportunity to explore the site and give us any feedback you may have.


Think Tank Launches Government Transparency Website

JACKSON � A new website will �allow Mississippi taxpayers to see exactly how their money is spent by their state government,� according to the head of the organization that created the site.

Forest Thigpen, President of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, said the site, called, will provide an easy way for all residents of the state to help the legislature identify areas where the state budget could be cut.

�We have created an easy-to-use format for people to explore state spending, trusting that a multitude of eyes will find items that could be eliminated from the state budget,� Thigpen said. �It is critical, especially under current circumstances, that the state spend our taxes only on essential functions of government and eliminate those that are outside the proper role of government and those that are simply nice to have if you can afford them.�

Thigpen said information on was obtained directly from the state government, though the Mississippi Center for Public Policy is a private, non-profit organization that receives no funds from government agencies for its operations. The Center reimbursed the state for the computer programming costs that were necessary to fill their request for this data. allows searches of state spending for any or all of the past seven fiscal years and is updated monthly. Additional information, including county and school district spending, will be added in the future.

�We believe America�s Founders were right when they said that the legitimate power of government comes from the consent of the governed,� said Thigpen. �But in order to exercise that power appropriately, �the governed� need to know what their government is doing. is a powerful tool to help people see what their government is doing.�

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy is an independent, non-profit organization based in Jackson. It works to advance the ideals of free markets, limited government, and strong traditional families. Its work, including, is supported by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions. To learn more, visit


Mississippi Center for Public Policy's mission is to advance the ideals of limited government, free markets, and strong traditional families by influencing public policy, informing the media, and equipping the public with information and perspective to help them understand and defend their liberty.

Mississippi Center for Public Policy's vision is for Mississippi to be a place where entrepreneurs are free to pursue their dreams, parents are free to direct the education and upbringing of their children, government functions according to the principles that enhance freedom, and all Mississippians are free from dependence on government for their daily needs.

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