Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Missouri Accountability Portal is a state database containing records of:
- The salaries of state employees
- State agency expenditures
- How money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been spent
- Entities that have been granted tax credits
- Businesses that have had their sales tax license revoked
Why you’d want them: The databases show how state money is being spent.
Where you get the records: The database is online at http://mapyourtaxes.mo.gov/MAP/Portal/. Select the category of information you are looking for from the orange tool bar at the top of the page. Use the search options on the following page to find information on a specific person, agency or other entity.
How much will it cost: The information is free.