Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Report: Montana fails at government spending transparency

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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A new report titled "Following the Money 2012" gave Montana an "F" when it comes to government spending transparency. MontPIRG announced the grade today in a release.

Montana is one of five states to receive a failing grade. U.S. PIRG judged each state based on the inventory of the content and accessibility of states’ transparency websites. Montana was downgraded because it does not, like many other states, have a website that provides "checkbook-level detail."

“State governments across the country continue to be more transparent about where the money goes, extending checkbook-level disclosure of data on spending to contracting, tax subsidies, development incentives and other expenditures,” said Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy at U.S. PIRG, in the release. “But Montana still has a long way to go.”

This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. The Indy will be posting stories tied to the initiative each day.

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