California clouds spending data
April 2, 2013
Transparency of its public spending practices by this state’s government is sadly lacking, according to the California Public Interest Research Group (CPIRG).
In an annual report, “Following the Money 2013: How States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” the group gave California an “F” grade.
According to CPRIG, which lobbies for open government, California’s failure is due to a “shallow” online portal to spending data; lack of a link to tax expenditure reports; and the inability to make vendor-specific Web searches.
The state’s transparency ranks 49th on this list. Only Texas got an A.