Louisiana treasurer launches online searchable debt database

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — (8/31/19) The Louisiana treasurer’s office has launched a new website that details state debt and construction spending.

How does Louisiana’s debt load stack up against other states? Where is the state spending its billions on construction projects? Which parishes are getting the most state-financed road and bridge work? How did the governor and lawmakers spend last year’s surplus?

Those answers are available on the site created by Treasurer John Schroder’s office.

State lawmakers required the treasurer to establish a debt database, as part of a larger project for Louisiana to upgrade its website to track government spending.

The treasury’s debt database took over a year to develop and runs separately from the spending tracking site, through a transparency link on the treasurer’s website.

The searchable debt database went live Wednesday.

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