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Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon received a B Plus in ‘Transparency of government spending.’  

The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group has just released their third annual report on how accessible state spending information is. “Following the Money, 2012” examines how easy it is to search state websites for information such as contracting, tax subsidies and development incentives. OSPIRG Policy Associate Mathew Orchant says Oregon has improved each year since the report began, but there are still things to work on.
Orchant- “There’s no contract or summary information that’s available on Oregon’s transparency website. So Oregon got a zero on that metric. If they were able to add the contract information, then that would contribute to them getting a higher grade next year.”
The report describes Oregon as an ‘advancing state’ because it has established a transparency website that is user-friendly and searchable. States that received a failing grade included Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Texas and Arizona both received an A.

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