Governor Larry Hogan and the heads of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) announced the launch of the “Maryland Transparency Portal,” a new web-based application that will empower citizens to become better informed about the details of the state budget with a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate interface. Using the Socrata platform currently trusted by government agencies at the local, state, and federal level throughout the country, the Maryland Transparency Portal (http://mtp.maryland.gov) will allow users to: Navigate budget information—including expenditure detail, fund detail, and position information; Navigate vendor payment detail by fiscal year (FY); and Navigate grant and loan detail by fiscal year. Four years of budget information will be available at launch: the FY 2020 legislative appropriation, the FY 2019 working appropriation, and actual data for both FY 2018 and FY 2017. Additional budget information will be added with the introduction of future budgets, revised following the Maryland General Assembly’s action on the budget each year, and finalized to coincide with the release of each fiscal year’s closeout report. “One of our greatest challenges has been to find a way to convey information about the state budget that makes it easy for our […]
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