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Wisconsin about to open the book on spending


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - If you've ever wondered how your tax dollars are being spent you'll soon be able to check the ledger.

Governor Walker stopped in Chippewa Falls Monday to promote Wisconsin's manufacturing initiatives and also addressed a new program that will track state spending.

Next week the state plans to launch its 'Open Book Wisconsin' system online.

It's part of a promise by Governor Walker two years in the making and he says it's a way for anyone to monitor where tax dollars are being spent.

"It's just a good opportunity.  That way the public can see and can hold people accountable, can hold all the way down to individual agencies and the programs they run accountable and be as transparent as possible.  So we're pleased to be able to do that," says Governor Walker.

The governor says this program is similar to one used when he was Milwaukee County Executive and it was met with success.

The program will list state employee wages, fringe benefits and agency spending.

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