Ball: Transparency website redesign is promise kept

04/23/2017 04:12 PM

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Treasury and the Finance Cabinet is beefing up the state’s transparency website.

The enhanced website transparency.ky.gov, was formerly known as Kentucky Open Door, and is now being touted by Treasurer Allison Ball as having improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly.

The website contains data for the executive and judicial branches and includes such things as agency spending, contracts with businesses, employee salaries, and buildings owned or leased by state government, according to a press release.

“We’re trying to step-by-step make the state more transparent,” Ball said in an interview with Spectrum News.

Ball campaigned on the idea of bringing more transparency to state government, and while she said there’s more work, she says this endeavor is a promised kept to voters.

“I wanted to make sure we had a website that was containing this information,” she said. “But, like I said, this is the tip of the iceberg. I think this is the sort of thing we need to be committed to long-term.”

“We need more and more information,” Ball continued. “We need the local level. We need other entities to be doing this.”

Ball said she would set-the-stage to let people know why the website is important, but would also work other angles to compel others to include information online.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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