Your Right to Know
Your Right to Know: OpenBook offers partial peek at state spending
In January, the state of Wisconsin launched a new websitewith a searchable database that lets the public see what state government spends on goods, services and other operating costs. OpenBook Wisconsin — openbook.wi.gov — debuted with more than 25 million records for expenses including real estate transactions, building projects, maintenance, office supplies, and rents. Records for state agencies, the Legislature and the courts date back to mid-2007. The site’s records for the University of Wisconsin System start in fiscal 2013. The site, which the state plans to update every two weeks, allows searches for each fiscal year by state agency, type of expenditure or vendor.