While government secrecy rises at the federal level, a new study indicates that the states are becoming more transparent.
But the study, conducted by Washington-based Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First, found that states are taking advantage of the internet to inform the public.
“The internet makes possible an unprecedented level of government transparency and public participation,” said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First. “But many states have been slow to adopt vigorous online disclosure, especially with respect to economic development subsidies.”
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Some 27 states and the District of Columbia still provide no systematic online subsidy disclosure, according to the study.