A trip to Washington D.C. never fails to fill me with a sense of national pride, and serves as a reminder of the strong principles of our forefathers that are the building blocks of our government. An informed citizenry is crucial to the success of democracy. In that spirit our leaders try to make information about the programs and activities of the government available to the public.
In Colorado, the Transparency Online Project helps fulfill that goal. This site provides information on how your tax dollars are spent. You can investigate how much money is spent on goods and services — once you select a fiscal year, you can drill down into the spending reports by clicking on the dollar amounts in each table. There is information on where money is coming from, and how the state agencies are spending their allocations. If you are curious about how your tax dollars go to work, this site is definitely worth a visit.