Colbeck Bill Mandating Transparency in Government Spending Sent to Gov. Snyder

Legislation requires state departments to publicly disclose all spending.

Legislation requiring state departments to publicly disclose all spending was passed by the Legislature and has been sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature, according to Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton)'s office. 

A pair of bills by Colbeck (SB 802) and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (SB 21) will require greater transparency and accountability from state government and will provide residents with additional information online about how taxpayer dollars are being spent.

“This transparency legislation will make it easier for all citizens to see where every penny is being spent and will reveal the true price of government,” Colbeck said in a statement. “We will soon be able to trace money to the core services that justify the existence of a government agency, support services such as human resources, information technology and accounting that enable the delivery of these core services, and one-time work projects.

“This information will arm legislators and residents with the data we need to manage our government services more like a business so that we maximize the value of every tax dollar that we spend and improve customer service."

SB 802 requires Departments to explain how they’re spending money and gives the Legislature the information they need to make smart budget decisions in upcoming years. Each agency will classify each line item in the enacted budget in one of the following spending categories: (1) core services, (2) support services, or (3) work projects. In addition, these plans will be post on each Department website.

SB 21 requires each department, every fiscal year, to have a strategic mission, vision, goals, and a balanced scorecard in place. Budgets will be based on metrics. Departments must define and meet certain goals in conjunction with the Governor’s budget recommendations. Funding given to each Department must be used to meet those objectives.

“Together, SB 802 and SB 21 enable value for money budgeting,” Colbeck said.

Patti McCoin December 16, 2012 at 03:23 AM
How about some transparency in how the legislature operates? I would like an explanation of why so much legislation was passed during the lame duck session and why MGTV is going dark in January? I would also like to know why you routinely scrub your facebook page of dissenting opinions and block constituents who disagree with you? Why don't you answer email or return phone calls from constituents who disagree with you?
Denise Nash December 16, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I agree Patti - and what about that gun legislation? And the anti-women's health initiative? Funny - I thought Businesses followed trends to predict what their customers wanted so they could provide it. If we're running Michigan like a business, then the Lansing congress isn't following the trend! The trend in Michigan was to vote for the presidential candidate that was IN FAVOR of women's reproductive freedom. I seem to remember that the president won by over 9 percentage points in Michigan? So let's reiterate: You want to run our government like a business, except when you don't want to run it like a business. I see.
Sam Galate December 16, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Since the senator is all about transparancy, here are his top donors. They have donated over $200,000. They include bankers, businessmen, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the insurance industry. http://influenceexplorer.com/politician/id/c2ef2ad23a12452fb8f2c2f2c8607112?cycle=-1
Linda Burnett December 16, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Will this transparency include charter and online schools where tax dollars are used? Specifically, will profits generated by the operators and owners of these schools be available to the taxpayer?
Keith Yancy December 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Once again, Sen. Colbeck writes to the Patch, and then goes silent regarding the questions people have for him. Well, Senator? If you're using the Patch for public relations purposes, you might consider a different approach, as most of your "columns" seem to inspire hostility. If you're using it to engage in meaningful dialogue with your constituents, then you'll actually be required to respond. I'd like to hear your answers to some of the questions above.
DeeDee December 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Yes, please start making charters be transparent. The taxpayer has the right to know how their money is being spent. Why are CEOs of charters and their families allowed to keep their spending secret? Why aren't their salaries public knowledge? I don't want to hear the bs that "They are a private company and keep their salaries secret." Mr. Colbeck if you really believe in transparency then have the guts to force charter transparency. Stop allowing the taxpayer to be ripped off.
DeeDee December 16, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yes. I'd like my tax money back. I don't want a charter CEO to use his profits to buy a new Mercedes or add on to his mansion. Wouldn't you like to have your money back?
john nichols December 16, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Just like Bruce Patterson, Colbeck is one spineless person that has no backbone to face the public
Sam Galate December 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
In light of the events in Sandy Hook, do you stand by your vote to allow concealed weapons in schools? Bueller?.............................Bueller?.......................Bueller?.................................................................................................................................................................
Sam Galate December 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Any comments on this, senator?http://www.nationofchange.org/america-s-teachers-heroes-or-greedy-moochers-public-trough-1355674260
Bryan Bentley (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Let's hope these two pieces of legislation live up to the billing, and create some real transparency. President Obama promised transparency, and that was probably the biggest lie of his first 4 years in office.
DeeDee December 17, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Yes. It's time for the bashing and denigration of teachers (and people who actually work for a living) to stop. Oh, but I'm sure the true money grubbers will start up again soon because stacks of tax money are there for the taking.
terry henson December 17, 2012 at 01:34 AM
This state voted in a republican controlled business (Michigan). Although Obama won the presidency, he runs the country not the state. I am so glad HB-59 passed and people can receive additional training to be allowed to carry in schools, theaters, and events that were gun free zones(killing zones). I am not happy that you are infringing on a woman's right to seek an abortion, that is personal to them and not up to us to judge, shame on you. Overall, the right to work is a good thing for this state. Let's get to work bringing factories back to Lansing. Now, get to work and stop obamacare, we as a state do not have to follow any part of it, if they threaten you with money, grants,and hi-way funding, sue them. Make 94/69 to Canada a toll road as Ohio has done to 80. It has been discussed in the past and would take 8-10 years to complete, but what is stopping you? Let's bring life back to Lansing with factories everywhere. We had 45,000 GM workers at one time, now we have 4000 plus subcontractors. Build refinaries and stop importing our gas from Ohio. Alma was closed, dumb, now we pipe and haul in our fuel, stupid. Mason is floating on oil, drill and refine michigans own oil. The glaciers covered Michigan many times, let's use what they left us underground. Thank you for your support.
Denise Nash December 17, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Has anyone else noticed the people that have popped up on this and other forums that have only made ONE <1> post to the forums? Mr. or Ms. Terry Henson isn't the first time I've noticed this phenomenon. It makes me wonder if this person is a Michigan person or not. Just saying.


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