Montana recognized as national leader in transparency in government spending
A report released March 18 by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) heralds Montana as a national leader in providing transparency in government spending. According to the report Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, Montana received an 92 percent, A- rating for spending transparency, up from 86 (B) percent last year and 57 percent when Governor Steve Bullock took office. The report was released during Sunshine Week, a week to promote public access in government. In recent years, state governments have created transparency websites that provide checkbook-level information on government spending. Montana's Transparency in Government portal includes checkbook data, state employee data and a link to the state's data portal, a repository for various data sets. This year, the states receiving A level ratings with the most comprehensive transparency websites are Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oregon, Louisiana, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Montana, New York, Texas, and South Dakota.