New state budget information available online

We’re pretty lucky to work in a relatively information rich environment. So I wanted to let people know what new budget information is now available through Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB for short). I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the release of some of this information:

  • If you want to delve more deeply into the Governor’s revised budget recommendations, MMB now has released the updated budget pages for nearly every agency (the Department of Human Services budget pages were posted today, but the Department of Education isn’t up yet).
  • Last week, MMB released an updated version of the detailed General Fund Balance Analysis. Granted, this spreadsheet is for the truly geeky, but if you want to look at how the Governor’s revised proposal differs from his initial proposal, this provides some big picture numbers.
  • MMB has also recently updated their extremely detailed document chronicling the resources Minnesota state agencies are seeking through the federal stimulus bill.
  • Also, in the name of transparency and accountability, MMB recently launched a new online searchable database that allows citizens to examine state spending. People can dig into payments made to vendors and contractors for the last three years – often down to the name of the individual vendor or contractor. The information on the website is updated daily. But take note, this website lets you search payments that have already been made, it does not look at future spending.

-Christina Wessel

About Christina Wessel

Christina served as the Minnesota Budget Project's deputy director until January 2014.
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