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Pennsylvania Launches New Government Information Web Site

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has launched a new web site that makes information about spending, revenues, and the state workforce available to the public, online.

The Pennwatch web site was created by an act of the state legislature. Signed by Gov. Corbett in June of last year, it gave the administration until the end of this year to develop and launch the site.

The governor says an effort has been made to make the web site user-friendly, with a variety of tools that allow people to search and filter for data.

“One of the biggest obstacles to open government turns out to be the sheer quantity of information that any government possesses,” the governor said.  “Many other states have online public disclosure sites. We believe they’re not as easy to navigate as you’ll find ours is going to be.”

The new web site is up and running at pennwatch.pa.gov.

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