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Rating the Online Financial Transparency of Special District Governments

“Special districts” are a type of government agency that exist outside of traditional forms of general purpose local or state governments, and serve key governmental...

Apr 25, 2017 Report
Big Projects. Bigger Price Tags. Limited Benefits.

America spends tens of billions of dollars each year on wasteful highway projects that are unnecessary or damaging to our communities - even as crying...

Apr 18, 2017 Report

A few highlights from our work in 2016, including envisioning a new transportation future, highlighting the promise of solar energy, exposing the dangers of fracking,...

Jan 4, 2017 Blog Post
Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power - 2016 Edition

Behind the scenes, electric utilities, fossil fuel interests and powerful industry front groups have begun chipping away at the key policies that have put solar...

Dec 1, 2016 Report

Trumpism exists on the edge of the map where the dragons are. Beyond that, there’s nothing.

Nov 11, 2016 Blog Post

If you care about making social change of any kind, the inclination to worship data and analytics and to downplay vision and values is one...

Nov 9, 2016 Blog Post

Starting this fall, 16- and 17-year-olds will be eligible to "preregister" to vote, so when they turn 18 they will automatically be listed on voter...

Oct 4, 2016 Blog Post
Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Preregistering California's Youth

Starting in the fall of 2016, 16- and 17-year-olds in California will be allowed to “preregister” to vote, ensuring that they are listed on the...

Sep 26, 2016 Report

Not one of New Jersey's biggest cities has a modern, searchable and sortable budget website to allow easy access to checkbook-level municipal spending data.

Sep 21, 2016 Blog Post
Online Budget Transparency in Local Government

Municipalities across the country have been moving toward making their checkbooks easily accessible to the public by posting government spending information through on-line transparency portals....

Sep 14, 2016 Report