State’s e-Transparency site now includes Judicial Branch expenditures and contracts, salary information
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear and Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. today announced that the state’s judicial branch has joined the Governor’s e-Transparency Web site.
Kentucky’s Open Door, online at www.OpenDoor.KY.gov, has been upgraded to include all Judicial Branch expenditure and contract data. Also available is information on all constitutional offices, the executive branch, all competitive contracts awarded by the state and state employee salaries. Open Door also includes the state’s budget. The Web site is updated twice daily and is maintained by the Finance and Administration Cabinet.
“As our state government faces enormous budget challenges, it is even more important for government to be transparent and accountable, and for citizens to feel confident that their tax dollars are being used in the most efficient and responsible manner,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m excited that the judicial branch has joined our administration, as well as all of the state’s constitutional officers, to put our checkbooks online for public view in such a comprehensive and user-friendly way.”
“I’m pleased to join the executive branch in providing comprehensive financial information on the Open Door Web site,” Chief Justice Minton said. “This is part of our ongoing effort to increase the court system’s accountability to Kentucky taxpayers.”
The Judicial Branch is comprised of four levels of state courts – the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Circuit Court and District Court. The Administrative Office of the Courts supports the activities of approximately 3,800 Kentucky Court of Justice employees, including the elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks, and executes the Judicial Branch budget.
In the spring of 2008, Gov. Beshear issued an Executive Order establishing the e-Transparency Task Force; a 14-member bipartisan panel charged with providing a more transparent, accountable state government. On Jan. 1, 2009, Kentucky’s Open Door was launched after a concerted, multi-agency effort, led by officials of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. In October 2009, the Governor announced a significant upgrade of the site, making it one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the country.
“We are proud that the judicial branch has joined our bipartisan, interagency effort to provide a one-stop venue where citizens can review how their tax dollars are being spent, as well as obtain other vital information about state-funded programs,” said Finance and Administration Sec. Jonathan Miller, chair of the Governor’s e-Transparency Task Force. “We are proud of the progress we have made, but this site will be ever-evolving and ever-improving; it will be our continuing goal to refine and supplement this invaluable public resource.”
Kentucky’s Open Door welcomes suggestions on ways to improve the site. Visitors can submit comments online by visiting www.opendoor.ky.gov and clicking on Contact Us.