Gov: New state website is public records request 'on steroids'

      BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Want to know the top-paid state employees?

      Or how much the Department of Health and Welfare is spending?

      Idaho has created a new transparency website, to make it easier to find these and thousands of others of details about state government finances.

      Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Controller Brandon Woolf announced Thursday.

      Otter said the site was akin to public records requests "on steroids," while Woolf said the site's information would be updated nightly, to provide up-to-the-day snapshots of what's happening in state government.

      The site is modeled after similar accountability projects in places like Washington state and West Virginia and is part of a state-government transparency trend.

      Idaho's project is modest, completed on a $28,000 budget but within Woolf's agency's existing spending package - important in conservative Idaho.