Accountability and transparency have been popular buzz words with our state and federal politicians; of course most of the time it’s just words.  When Senator Balyeat proposed Senate Bill 241, which would create a searchable website where citizens could track dollars from the time they enter government until they’re spent, it was defeated. 

Again all talk and NO ACTION!

I take my hat off to most of the republicans in the Legislature who fought hard to try and get this bill passed, but the Governor’s office and the democrats stopped them. 

So, if the politicians will not bring accountability to government’s work – LET’S BRING ACCOUNTABILITY TO THEIR VOTES!!

It’s FINALLY here; a new website unveiled last week by Montanans In Action (MIA) called Legistat!

Legistat tallies the spending habits of state legislators.  MIA compiled and logged all of the spending bills from this session.  If a legislator voted for a spending bill, it was added to their total spending.  If a legislator voted against a spending bill, it was subtracted from their total spending.  The opposite was done for bills that would save taxpayer dollars. 

Legistat brings accountability and transparency to our legislators.  No more will we hear the empty words of politicians and their broken promises.  You can go to Legistat and see EXACTLY how their voting.

Are the politicians in Helena thinking about the citizens who are struggling in these tough economic times?  Are they growing an already too fat and bloated government?

I’m happy to see that my Representatives Senator Joe Balyeat and Representative Gordon Vance are ranked #2 and #8 respectively in their chambers.  I will make sure they know they have my support in the next election.

Please, help me hold our legislators accountable, go to Legistat and contact your legislator.  Congratulate them if they’re looking out for your best interest or hammer them if they’re spending all of OUR money. 

Don’t forget to join MIA here so you can receive their updates and thank them for their hard work on this VITAL project. 


  1. Great post, Bob. Legislat is a huge resource, if people will use it. And, we can make sure they do, by referring friends and friends of friends to it, to keep our elected officials accountable.

  2. Politicians do not know how to “spin” Transparency In Government. They cannot think of a logical argument against having the “how” “who” and “where” they spend our money opened up to the public. So politicians revert to the time-tested political tactic of Talk It Up and be sure To Do Nothing! MT State Senator Joe Balyeat is a great example of a TRUE CONSERVATIVE who believes not only in talking the talk but walking the walk.

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