Governor's Office Says State Travel Expense Reports Will Be Posted On Web Soon

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The public will soon be able to see how much state officials really are spending when they travel on the taxpayers’ dime. 
Governor Schwarznegger’s press secretary Aaron McLear today (Tuesday, 3.10) released more details about how state travel expense reports will be posted on the internet.
He says in a few weeks there will be a link at the governor’s home page that will lead to travel information filed by cabinet members and state agency officials.
McLear says the move comes after the Director of the Department of  Consumer Affairs travelled with her daughter to a Justin Timberlake concert and allegedly billed the state for the trip… 
“We want to make sure to both clarify the rules that we have and also to make our rules as transparent as possible.  That’s why the governor, you know he understands that the three-thousand appointees he has maybe sometimes these people aren’t going to follow the rules so we’re doing everything he can…”
McLear says officials in the governor’s office already voluntarily follow stricter travel reporting rules than the state requires.  He says travel expenses of all state officials, including the governor’s office, will be posted on the web starting April first.