RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada received a “D+” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2013: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data.
Officials from Nevada and 47 other states provided the researchers with feedback on their initial evaluation of state transparency websites. The leading states with the most comprehensive transparency websites are Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Oklahoma.
Based on an inventory of the content and ease-of-use of states' transparency websites, “Following the Money 2013” assigns each state a grade of “A” to “F.” The report describes Nevada as a “lagging state” in online spending transparency. The state’s transparency website provides searchable checkbook-level information on contracts, grants, and other expenditures. However, the website lacks other detailed information, such as on economic development tax credits, links to tax expenditure reports, and descriptions of the projected and achieved benefits of economic development subsidies.
To access the state’s transparency website, click here: open.nv.gov
To read the report, click here: http://www.uspirgedfund.org/reports/usp/following-money-2013