You will soon be able to search the millions of dollars spent by five of Ohio’s public universities, including historically black Central State University online at

In a news conference on Tuesday, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel said Ohio citizens “have a right to know how money is being spent on university campuses,” reported The Columbus Dispatch. He also made a comparison between Blockbuster and Netflix, and Taxi services and Uber—basically saying the internet age is among us and here to stay while advocating for transparency.

From Dayton Daily News:

“Since Mandel, a Republican, launched the checkbook project in December 2014 more than 530,000 searches have been conducted. Users can quickly search and sort through aggregate and granular data on $517 billion in state, school district and local spending. All told, there are 155.3 million transactions in the checkbook.”

The leader’s of Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Wright State University all agreed to go online, with one notable exception being Ohio State University.

Central State University held its 129th commencement ceremony on Saturday and awarded more than 265 graduating students degrees. The black college is the state of Ohio’s only public historically black college or university (HBCU), and is also rank the most affordable four-year college in the state.


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