Assm. Vince Fong Announces Joint Innovation Effort to Create an Interactive Online State Budget

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 for representative Vince Fong

SACRAMENTO—Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear), Vice Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) announced the Budget Transparency Act of 2017—AB 6. This bill will require the entire state budget to be put online for the public to see line-item by line-item how tax dollars are spent. “Other states, such as Ohio, have already made their state agency budgets fully accessible to the public—allowing them to see line-item by line-item how each dollar is spent—and they used a California-based tech company to make this happen,” said Assemblyman Fong. “I look forward to making this a bi-partisan priority because Californians deserve to see where their tax dollars go.” “California is the technology capital of the world and as such we should be a leader in having a state budget that is fully transparent, searchable, and interactive,” said Assemblyman Obernolte. “It’s critical that our constituents have access to our spending decisions in order to keep the Legislature accountable.” “Yesterday, California passed an $125 billion budget. The public should be able to easily see where their money is going and this bill would make sure that they can,” said Lackey. A recent report ranked California 50 out of 50 for budget transparency. The study was based on one primary metric: how easily the public can access the state’s spending data. In 2016, the state of Ohio rolled out a cutting-edge interactive budget, allowing state revenues to be tracked down to the line item and providing interested citizens and researchers an easy to follow and searchable portal that provides the most up-to-date information related to the state’s budget. AB 6 will be referred to a policy committee for a hearing in the coming weeks. AB 6 details can be seen here: ###