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With tax breaks to corporations unlikely to diminish anytime soon, we should make sure that future breaks follow a set of best practices to ensure...

Apr 4, 2013 Blog Post
How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. State governments across the country have made their checkbooks transparent by...

Mar 26, 2013 Report

Before Massachusetts approves yet another special business tax subsidy, lawmakers should adopt common-sense reforms to increase transparency and accountability for those subsidies already on the...

Mar 8, 2013 Blog Post
Promoting Transparency and Accountability for Corporate Tax Subsidies in Massachusetts

The people of Massachusetts deserve to know how their tax dollars are spent, including on tax subsidies for businesses. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth provides only limited...

Mar 7, 2013 Report

Earlier this week, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston took to the op-ed page of the Sacramento Bee to highlight a powerful new argument for...

Feb 22, 2013 Blog Post

In the years since 2008, cash-strapped state governments have had to make painful cuts in education, police, fire, and other critical public services to balance...

Feb 11, 2013 Blog Post

Today, Maine – one of the states that has lagged behind in transparency – launched Open Checkbook , officially joining the ranks of states...

Feb 5, 2013 Blog Post
State Budgets Under Pressure from Tax Loophole Abuse

When U.S. corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes to the government, it is an abuse of our tax system....

Feb 5, 2013 Report

Georgia is one of the few states that discloses the user fees collected by public assets such as toll roads. This disclosure empowers citizens to...

Feb 4, 2013 Blog Post
Rating the Availability of Online Government Data in America's Largest Cities

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Transparency in government spending checks corruptions, bolsters public confidence, improves responsiveness,...

Jan 23, 2013 Report

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