Open Georgia website adds contracting info, C.W. Matthews still top the list

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle urged state officials to continue making more information available to Georgians on the Open Georgia website, which provides state salary and contracting data and state audits.

Cagle made the statement after the site, at open.georgia.gov,  recently began posting vendor and professional contractor spending for fiscal 2009.

The website was created by the Georgia Senate’s Transparency in Government Act of 2008.

“There is still much to be done to shine a bright light on how Georgia spends taxpayer dollars, and I call on the Georgia Senate to continue to lead on this issue,” Cagle said.

The site includes a list of the top 1o state contractors in fiscal 2009, which ended June 30.

The largest single private contractor was once again C.W. Matthews, the Cobb County road builder.  The company was paid $368 million for work in fiscal 2009. That’s down from fiscal 2008, when it rang up $522 million in state business.

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georgia voices

December 28th, 2009
5:47 pm

Lt. Governor Cagle states: “There is still much to be done to shine a bright light on how Georgia spends taxpayer dollars, and I call on the Georgia Senate to continue to lead on this issue,” Cagle said.
It took a simple Georgia taxpayer – not a legislator- to finally disclose (through the article below) the “exclusive authority” (quote by Governor Perdue) the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has with millions of our state and Foundation funds. Over $7 million had been earmarked to just 7 USG presidents and chancellors. There is more – much more. The “bright light” that Cagle refers to is long overdue and should be the norm – not the exception. Article by Jim Walls via Atlanta Unfiltered: University execs’ deferred pay, often hidden, tops $7 million on October 5, 2009 —
Link to full story:
http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2009/10/05/university-execs-deferred-pay-often-hidden-tops-7-million/