Every Open Spending Data Site in the US Ranked and Listed

Source: 
The Guardian
Lisa Evans

The Follow the Money 2012 report has this week revealed the good news that more US states are being open about their public spending by publishing their transactions on their websites. It has also exposed the states of Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Montana and Wyoming that are keeping their finances behind a password protected wall or are just not publishing at all.

A network of US Public Interest Research Groups (US PIRGs) which produced the report, revealed that 46 states now "allow residents to access checkbook-level information about government expenditures online".

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The Follow the Money 2012 report found Texas and Kentucky to be leading examples of states who are accountable to their citizens. Kentucky lost some points in the grading as checkbook-level spending information is not downloadable, but aggregate expenditure by department or type of goods or service was.

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