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Posted: August 5th, 2011
Pa. gets C+ for government spending transparency

As states tackle budget deficits, it’s imperative that governments promote transparency for public spending.

U.S. PIRG, a federation of state public interest research groups, graded each state on providing online information on government spending. The group looked at how states disclosed information on contracts, subsidies and other spending.

Pennsylvania received 78 out of 100 points, good enough for a C+. The grade ranked about average among the 50 states, with 10 receiving an F.

Probably the most well-known source for Pennsylvania spending information is the state Treasury Department’s contract search tool.

From the scorecard, areas that U.S. PRIG identified as needing improvement include posting tax expenditure reports, downloadable files and financial information for local governments.

For more, read a summary of the group’s findings.

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