Try out the search engine for government credit card spending, PERA administrative salaries and other databases. Some of the databases are a little dated because with so many levels of government it's a time-consuming process but they are being added gradually.

Click here for databases.


Here's a few examples from one city's credit card spending. These purchases were made on public employee credit cards and public tax dollars paid the bill. Are our taxdollars being spent wisely?

ITEMAMOUNTDESCRIPTIONVENDOR
1$59.68 Meeting co-workerRED LOBSTER
2$167.46Meeting with co-workerJOHNNY CARINOS
3$112.69InterviewSIMMS LANDING
4$208.09 Baby ShowerJOHNNY CARINOS
5$104.20Lakewood Housing Authority meeting240 UNION
6$494.15Bankers Roundtable Luncheon240 UNION
7$300.00Holiday Hold-Em Cooking ClassWhole Foods
8$543.00Democratic Convention Commemorative CoinsCoins for Anything
7$197.25Take Your Kids to Work bowlingBowlero Lanes


Detailed transparency really can save us a lot of money besides providing accountability to the public. In large government bodies, when employees make purchases on their own with taxpayer-funded credit cards this ignores savings that could be found in bidding out those expenditures as bulk purchases.
Video: "Property Rights and the 50% rule"

Small video click here (slow internet connection)  
Large video click here (higher speed internet)


RTD got a law passed
allowing them to pay only 50% for a property taking. This law ignores the guarantee in our constitution which states property owners should receive "just compensation" when property is taken for a public purpose. While it's easy to understand that a publi purpose might include a public school or road, the definition of public purpose has now been interpreted to include economic gain. Many people, including myself, do not agree that a private project meant to provide profit for a private developer was to be allowed when forcibly taking someone's private property.

Click here to listen to the House testimony in which the committee passed the bill.