So that citizens can see and analyze the budgets of Jalisco or Mexico City, and even compare it, the project Our Budget, promoted by the Center for Applied Studies with the support of the Alliance Against Inequality in Mexico, created an application on its page that allows you to make a “notebook” with these data.
Andrés Barrios, coordinator of the platform, pointed out that the purpose is to have the 32 states in the application to be able to know what the money is spent on and what are the priorities of each.
But they will also seek to incorporate the income law, to know what the role of the states is and how they are making resources, so that they can have states with greater financial independence.
To do this, this year the project team asked the 32 states for information on income law, budget by object of expenditure and budget programs, however, Barrios highlighted as worrying that many confuse the Budget with Public Account (in what was it spent) : “It is worrying that the secretariats do not have clear concepts.”
He added that the result indicators are also poor and disconnected, as well as unclear guidelines from the National Council for Accounting Harmonization (Conac) and the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), but also give light to the states of how they should do it.
“We have thought about this to make what is public their own and for them to get involved. That they know what is being spent on and know how the bet is on the agendas with public money,” Barrios added.
For her part, Nancy García Vázquez, from the Jalisco Social Participation Committee, pointed out that the new tool “helps us to inform ourselves among citizens with real and scientifically analyzed data, we must make the notebooks grow and appropriate it “,
While Lorena Caballero, from Budget Transparency: Spending Observatory, stressed that thanks to this type of tool, citizens are increasingly involved, but it also serves public servants.
“We are achieving that those who audit the servers are the citizenship and not the audit of the federation. This (the notebook) can serve the ordinary citizen, as well as the new public servant who does not know that the budget unit is an allocation”, express.
Alliance Against Inequality in Mexico