This post relates to a fairly technical question that has been the subject of some confusion on the House floor: Exactly what information is available to the public about spending on legislative operations?
In summary, all high level data and much detailed data about legislative spending is publicly available. What is not available is supporting data for non-payroll spending, for example, contracts and invoices. Additionally, auditing of non-payroll expenditures appears to be superficial.
Here is the more detailed inventory:
These audit reports provide no information and express no opinions about the procedures for legislative purchasing or the objects of legislative spending. They merely report the total amounts appropriated and spent. The legislature appears to be exempted from audit by the Comptroller.
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