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Monday, August 25, 2008

And the winner for transparency is...

Texas!

So says the Sunshine Review Blog. For all of Virginia's recognition as "Best Managed State," apparently when it comes to transparency, we still have some work to do

Of note, Texas has accomplished:

  • posting state budget information online in a user-friendly format
  • streaming video of live House and Senate proceedings
  • passage of multiple bills related to transparency and accountability
  • Gov. Rick Perry signed an Executive Order in 2005 requiring school districts to post their check registers online if they failed to meet certain spending criteria
  • Texas legislators, working in tandem with the governor’s office, enacted the “Truth-in-Taxation” bill in 2005
  • Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has converted the state’s massive budget into a user-friendly package with the introduction of “Where the Money Goes,” which saved more than $2.3 million in her agency alone
  • The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently launched a new Web site, TexasBudgetSource.com, which supplements “Where the Money Goes” with detailed budget analysis of state expenditures over the past 20 years, links to the online check registers of more
    than 150 Texas school districts, and lists of counties and cities that have posted their budget information online and more

Looks like we have plenty to keep us busy!

2 Comments:

  • I keep seeing news sites and blogs that say Texas' expenditure database is in a "user-friendly format" but I find it difficult to use. Kudos to Texas for taking the first step, but I hope they'll find a way to make it easier for regular folks to use.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/25/2008 9:22 PM  

  • Thanks for the tip! Do you have a link for that database? As with most anything government does, there is probably plenty of room for improvements, but it does sound like Texas has taken a step in the right direction. We hope Virginia- and other states- will follow their lead.

    By Blogger VACostCutting, at 8/26/2008 9:34 AM  

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