With much of the recent attention on funding Louisiana’s budget, the state is making upgrades to the way residents can keep a better eye on how tax dollars are spent as they roll out the Louisiana Checkbook.

The website, which launches Monday, is the product of the work of the administration of Governor John Bel Edwards.  Policy Director at the Division of Administration, Jacques Berry, says the state government prioritizes the idea of transparency.

"Transparency is something that Louisiana government has been committed to for years. In fact, by the agencies that rate such things, seventh in the nation," said Berry.

According to Berry, the website has been years in the making, showcases expenditures as well as vendor payments for each department.

"It's going to be a huge improvement.  It'll be a lot easier to use for the citizens," said Berry.

The website only features select departments now, but it is expected to be completed with all departments of the state government by 2021.

The website is checkbook.la.gov.

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