The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 24, 2009
Billwatch: Legislation seeks more spending accountability

Assemblyman Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill intended to make state spending more transparent. We want to know what you think, state workers.

AB 400 would require agencies and departments post on their Web sites each year how they're spending their money. Several other states already have online tools that let anyone look at state spending. Here's an example of what Texas does.

We're interested to know what state workers think, since they're the ones who always have to carry out the marching orders that the generals under the dome issue when they pass this kind of legislation.

Can this be done with California's vast bureaucracy? Would it be an effective way to hold state government more accountable? What downsides, if any, do you see with this bill?

You can view the bill's language by clicking this link.

Click here to read the de León press release. And look here for a bill background sheet issued by the Assemblyman's office.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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