Mandel wants to post local government spending online

From Gongwer State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced plans to expand the online database of the state's expenditures to local governments during his inaugural address Monday.

Mr. Mandel, who won reelection by defeating former Rep. Connie Pillich in November, touted his recent move to create "Ohio's Online Checkbook" and said he would work with local officials to expand it during his second term.

"I think the people of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent," he said.

"I'm going to start talking with city councilmen, and school board members and county commissioners and mayors and folks throughout the state of Ohio and I'm going to say to them, 'Listen, we'd like to do this for your local governments as well. We'd like to empower the taxpayers at the local level to hold the public officials accountable," he said.