School districts share spending data on Ohio’s online checkbook

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

TRANSPARENCY: As the first urban school district to sign up for, Toledo Public Schools hopes to remain on the leading edge of spending transparency.

Transparency in spending is nothing new for the Toledo Public School district, which has published its monthly check register online since 2011. But as the first urban school district in Ohio to sign up for Ohio’s online checkbook, even more financial information will soon be just a click away.

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PA taxpayers can now track Wolf cabinet members’ expenses

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Finances, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

TRANSPARENCY RISING: Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week another move to try and restore the public's confidence in government.

Transparency just got more clickable, as Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday that his cabinet officials’ expenses are now online. The tool is easy to use, and taxpayers can search for data by name, department, month and type.

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Ohio’s expenditures now online thanks to Treasurer Josh Mandel

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Ohio, Transparency, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel has increased transparency by making all public expenditures available on

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Report: Virginia lawmakers block transparency, access to legislative process

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In February, Delegate Jeffrey Campbell tried to revise Virginia’s “reckless” driving threshold so motorists couldn’t be criminalized for driving six miles over the speed limit on I-95. His bill never made it out of the Courts of Justice Committee.

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McAuliffe: Making contracts with outside law firms public, accountable would ‘impose harmful restrictions’

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

COME ON DOWN: Gov. Terry McAuliffe boasts about bringing new business to Virginia, but the state’s workforce participation numbers have been declining steadily since May.

Virginia taxpayers may never know why the Virginia Retirement System needed $322,000 worth of outside legal aid last year for investments alone. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have made all legal contracts the state makes with outside special counsel available online for the public.

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Report gives Mississippi a C-plus for online spending transparency

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Mississippi, Open Records, Politics, State Budgets, State Government, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s website for online spending transparency earned a C-plus grade from a recently-released report.

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