South Carolinians deserve to know how exactly their taxpayer dollars are being spent, and one public policy that will do exactly this is the South Carolina Checkbook.
This Checkbook will be a user-friendly tool that will help taxpayers and elected officials root out wasteful government spending. Increasing transparency and accountability is key to restoring trust in government and should not be a partisan issue.
The Checkbook is included in S. 373, also known as the Taxpayer Transparency Act. This legislation, if enacted, would allow the citizens of South Carolina to see what our state government funds, without the need to have the training of an investigative journalist or detective. Modeled after Ohio’s very accessible transparency checkbook legislation passed in 2014, S. 373 would require all state spending, from this budget forward, to be placed on a website and presented in such a way that every citizen can navigate and understand.
It's time to empower South Carolina taxpayers to see how their money is being spent, and for more transparency in our government processes.
Urge your lawmaker to support the South Carolina Checkbook and S. 373!