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Topinka Responds to Criticism of New Website
The race for state comptroller is heating up, as the incumbent and challenger engage in a war of words.
At a press conference today, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka fired back at Sheila Simon's claims that a new database on the comptroller's website is nothing new and "too little, too late."
Simon currently serves as the state's lieutenant governor, and is running against Topinka for Comptroller.
"I think it's nonsense, because we started working on this when Sheila Simon was still dreaming of becoming Attorney General," Topinka said. "So I don't know what she's talking about, because we have information here that's totally brand new, in one place at one time. Easy to access."
The new online database, called The Warehouse, complies financial information and records from local governments for taxpayers to view.
Topinka is on a statewide seven-stop PR crusade promoting the new database. She said it's not a re-election campaign tour, and her staff has been working on this since 2011.