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With more local and state governments finding themselves in budget trouble, look for more of these sketchy asset privatization deals in which governments sell off...

Aug 25, 2010 Blog Post
Massachusetts Quasi-Public Agencies and the Need for Transparency

In Massachusetts, quasi-public agencies perform vital government functions, delivering essential services such as operating public buses and rail systems, delivering drinking water and managing public...

May 16, 2010 Report

The ability to see how the government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy - it allows citizens to monitor spending and hold elected...

Apr 23, 2010 Blog Post
How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

This report evaluates states’ progress toward “Transparency 2.0” – a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility. At least 7 states have...

Apr 16, 2010 Report

The private operators of Chicago's parking meter system are bringing in $1.1 million in revenue every week. That's a lot of quarters. So many, in...

Nov 23, 2009 Blog Post
Online Tools for Better Government

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Budget transparency checks corruption, bolsters public confidence in government, and promotes...

Oct 16, 2009 Report
The Need for Transparency and Accountability in Chicago’s Public Asset Lease Deals

Chicago is at the forefront of the trend toward privatization of public assets. Since 2005, the city has leased a major toll road, four city-owned...

Oct 1, 2009 Report
The Facts About Toll Road Privatization and How to Protect the Public

Toll road privatization is becoming an increasingly important trend in the United States, with major implications for the public interest. Several states have sold off,...

Mar 16, 2009 Report
How Out-of-District Fundraising Weakens Democracy in North Carolina

Out-of-district financial contributions from special interests and wealthy individuals undermine democracy in North Carolina by reducing the influence of citizens who live in a candidate’s...

Apr 26, 2007 Report
11 Ideas for Protecting the Environment and Easing Maryland's Fiscal Crisis

Eleven fiscally sound and environmentally friendly “green budget” policies evaluated in this report could help the State of Maryland ease its budget crisis while discouraging...

Jun 15, 2004 Report

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