Treasurer Josh Mandel Receives “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform” Award
Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel received today the “Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform” Award from the Tax Foundation for his launch of OhioCheckbook.com and efforts of bringing an unprecedented level of transparency to Ohio’s taxpayers by posting state and local spending information online.
In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
“The common sense tax reforms and level of transparency State Treasurer Josh Mandel has brought to the people of Ohio should be a model that is replicated throughout the country,” said Joseph D. Henchman, Vice President of Legal and State Projects for the Tax Foundation. “OhioCheckbook.com helps to simplify a complex system so that all taxpayers can understand and participate in their state and local government. We are honored to present him this award that recognizes his innovative and 21st-century way of presenting tax policy.”
“We are proud to have launched OhioCheckbook.com and believe it is a powerful tool for taxpayers,” said Treasurer Mandel. “By posting government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
The Tax Foundation is a leading independent tax policy nonprofit that advocates for smarter tax policy through simplicity, neutrality, transparency and stability. Each year, the Tax Foundation honors state officials, legislators, governors, and other individuals with the Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform Award. The award is given to individuals that have achieved an outstanding accomplishment to help reform taxes and make them “simpler, more neutral, more transparent, more stable, and more pro-growth.”
On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extended an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts. Since this invitation, over 1,025 local governments and schools have joined Treasurer Mandel’s movement for greater transparency by committing to post their spending information online.
For more information visit OhioCheckbook.com.