Ain't No Sunshine on State Spending: Florida Gets a D For Transparency
While Florida's Senate Majority Leader makes misleading statements about a government spending measure currently moving through the legislature, the entire state government received a D grade for disclosure of how it spends taxpayer money, according to a recent report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
"The grading scale changed from last year to this year, which did account for the drop," Alexis Lambert, the CFO spokeswoman said.
But Jeff Musto, one of the authors of the report said that they raised their standards because transparency practices are improving throughout the country.
"I think it's perfectly reasonable to attribute the drop to the fact that our standards have changed in terms of how we grade these websites," Musto said. "It just shows that Florida is not keeping up with other states, in terms of practices for providing their citizens with government spending information online."
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