Legislation to track state government spending introduced in state Senate

Transparency in government is what every taxpayer expects, but there are limits to what they actually get.

Recent reporting by SpotlightPA and The Caucus highlighted how difficult it is to uncover how lawmakers spend millions of taxpayer dollars, on perks and on daily business. The investigation called the Hidden Tab illustrates how burdensome and time-consuming it is to determine how lawmakers are using and spending taxpayer money.

Democratic state Senator Lindsey M. Williams of Allegheny County intends to change that by introducing legislation that would require all expenses be published online in a searchable format.

Senator Williams appears on Smart Talk Monday to detail how this bill would improve transparency within the Senate and state government.