Louisiana ranked in top five for state government spending transparency websites

Louisiana ranked in top five for state government spending transparency websites
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 2:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 2:04am

For the second straight year, Louisiana state government’s transparency and accountability website and online state spending database (LaTrac) tied for fourth best in the nation according to a report released today by the United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), based on its “ranking of states’ progress toward ‘Transparency 2.0’ – a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility.”

According to the report: “Government spending transparency websites that meet the standard of ‘Transparency 2.0’ give citizens and government officials the ability to monitor many aspects of state spending – saving money, preventing corruption, and encouraging the achievement of a wide variety of public policy goals.”

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said, “With more states joining the transparency initiative, I’m proud that our continual improvements have helped make sure Louisiana maintains its status as a national leader in providing taxpayers the type of comprehensive and easily accessible information that holds government accountable.”

Louisiana was one of only seven states to score a grade in the “A” range, which, according to the report, “have established user-friendly transparency portals that contain comprehensive information on government expenditures [so that] citizens and watchdog groups can use the sites to monitor government spending quickly and easily.”

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