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Report: Walker administration to unveil "Open Book Wisconsin" tax dollar website


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites could soon learn where millions of their state tax dollars are going.

Gannett Wisconsin Media says the Walker administration will launch a new Web site this spring called “Open Book Wisconsin.”

Gannett quotes an internal e-mail from Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, which says the new Web site will list salaries and fringe benefits of all state employees and lawmakers, including UW personnel. And it will list the state’s spending on capital projects, as well as all state grants and contracts.

The state created a Web site called “Contract Sunshine” in 2006 to list the state government’s contracts. But Gannett reported four years later that only 14 of 98 agencies followed the law and put their contracts online.

It said compliance got better after that, but it’s not where it should be.

The state Government Accountability Board runs the “Contract Sunshine” site – and it says it will keep running the site until the Legislature orders them to stop.