CHQ Staff | 12/5/16
One of the few politicians to get the Battle of Ohio State right was Ohio’s Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who after the attack tweeted: "Looks like Radical Islamic terror came to my alma mater today. So sad what happened at OSU. We must remain vigilant against Radical Islam." About two hours later, he tweeted the last line again.
Mandel’s tweet came after the student responsible for the attack was identified as a Muslim, a Somali refugee Josh Mandelwho stayed for a short time in Pakistan, characteristics shared by several other Muslim terrorists.
While establishment Republican Governor of Ohio John Kasich foolishly claimed that "we may never find out" the motivations of the attacker, Josh Mandel got it right.
Now Mandel has gotten another thing right, one that should endear him to Ohio’s taxpayers and budget hawks everywhere: the OHIOCHECKBOOK APP.
This new mobile app gives users the ability to track 151 million individual Ohio state expenditures and 562,000 Ohio Public Employee Salaries.
When Josh Mandel was elected Treasurer of Ohio, his state ranked 46th in the nation on transparency. Today, Ohio ranks #1 and now the bar is set even higher.
Josh Mandel is the first elected official in history to push his state spending to a mobile app. Now you can see the good and the bad in Ohio state government spending from the palm of your hand.
Produced in cooperation with our friends at OpentheBooks.com, a project of American Transparency- a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization, the OhioCheckBook app is the first of its kind on the state level.
But what if you don’t live in Ohio?
Well, there’s an app for that too.
You can download the OpenTheBooks mobile app and search government spending by ZIP code or your location across America. See all federal spending, the state checkbooks of 24 states, and public salaries in 40,000 municipal units of government.
The mission of OpenTheBooks is "Every Dime, Online, In Real Time." They are working to capture "every dime taxed and spent at every level of government across America." So far, they've captured $80 of every $100 and anticipate capturing the rest over the next 18 months.
To download Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s free OhioCheckBook mobile app click here
and to download the free OpenTheBooks mobile app click here