Pennsylvanians can monitor the state's finances

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 5, 2017 7:37 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state Treasury Department has unveiled a new on-line feature to keep Pennsylvanians updated on the amount of money in Pennsylvania's "checkbook."

The new website  tracks in real time, the current  balance of Pennsylvania's general fund, comparing monthly and annual revenues.

State Treasurer Joe Torsella says the objective of this site is simple.

"We want Pennsylvania's finances to be as easy to understand, for every taxpayer, as their own checkbook is.  They can look and see how the state is spending money in all kinds of ways and manipulate that data and be part of the conversation that happens here in Harrisburg about how their tax dollars are being used," he said.

With the state budget running a deficit of more than 400 million dollars, Torsella pointed out that the website,, also  illustrates how Treasury's line of credit prevents the general fund from falling into the negative.

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