Monday, July 19, 2010

Where oh where has the money gone?

Did you know that millions and millions of taxpayers money from state and local government are given to private groups and contractors for public functions?  Have you ever wondered, whether that contractor that provides the transportation or security service for the government is spending your money wisely?  Other than oversight from the government there is not much review.  That was changed about ten years ago when the Minnesota State Legislature thought it was in the public interest that when a "government entity enters into a contract with a private person to perform any of its functions" that entity comes under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.  What the law allows is for a person of the public to ask for pubic data "created, collected, received, stored, used, maintained, or disseminated by the private person in performing those functions."     

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