It will be updated every evening, Gainer said: "That's as up to date as we can go."
Making a state spending website user-friendly is as important as posting lots of information, said Phineas Baxandall, a senior analyst for tax and budget policy at U.S. PIRG and a co-author of the transparency study.
"There's just such a sea of information," he said, "that really a big part of access is searchability."
Many states are trying to make their sites better, Baxandall said.
"There are a lot of states that are trying to improve because they're hearing from the public that the public wants it," he said. "They feel like budget choices are getting harder and harder."
The auditor's office hopes that the state's future Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) -- a computer system that will link all state agencies' financial data -- will improve the website's technical capabilities, said Gainer spokesman Justin Southern. The state is now bidding out the ERP project.
Gainer hopes that many people will find the website helpful, from educators who are teaching civics lessons to citizens who are curious about how the state is spending their tax dollars.
"We want to give the people a yardstick on which to hold us accountable to," Gainer said. "At the end of the day, everything costs something, and they'll be able to see what every components of government costs and draw their own conclusions."
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