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Oregon earned a B+ in an annual report that reviews the level of transparency in government spending.

The 2012 Follow the Money report from the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group gave Oregon high marks for a transparency website that is user-friendly and searchable. However, the website "lacks the breadth of information characteristic of leading states' websites," according to OSPIRG, which specifically called out Oregon's site for not providing detailed descriptions of contracts or expenditures.

This year’s report found that 46 states now provide an online database of government expenditures with “checkbook-level” detail, up from 32 states two years ago. Twenty nine state transparency websites now provide information on government expenditures through tax code deductions, exemptions and credits, up from eight states two years ago.

“Citizens expect information to be at their fingertips the way they can view their cellphone minutes or the location of a package," said OSPIRG Policy Associate Matthew Orchant. "Putting spending information online helps hold government accountable and allows taxpayers to see where the money goes.”

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