‘This website is useless’: Colorado lawmakers propose tweak to state’s online checkbook

Aspen Public Radio: When state Rep. Janice Rich fires up Colorado’s online checkbook, she gets frustrated.

The website was created in 2009 with the goal of letting taxpayers track how the state government was spending billions of dollars.

But Rich says her constituents in Grand Junction are not able to follow the money.

“You see a ton of entries that don’t have a vendor name,” she said from her Capitol office. “There is no information who was awarded the contract (and government money). Without that information, I believe this website is useless.”

Rich, a Republican, is sponsoring House Bill 22-1108. It would require the state to update the checkbook system to display the name of every person or organization the government is exchanging money with.

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