New York ranked eighth in the country for providing online access to government spending data, a report today from the United States Public Interest Research Group.
New York got a B+ and a score of 89. Texas and Kentucky received A grades from the group.
The group graded all 50 states on how well they provide online access to information about government spending. The report comes on Sunshine Week, a national campaign celebrated each March that highlights the effectiveness of federal, state and local open records laws.
“State governments across the country continue to be more transparent about where the money goes, extending checkbook-level disclosure of data on spending to contracting, tax subsidies, development incentives and other expenditures,” said Phineas Baxandall, senior analyst for Tax and Budget Policy at U.S. PIRG, in a statement. “But most states still have a lot of room for improvement.”
The report said that New York’s annual report on state tax expenditures posts detailed information on “breaks in income taxes, bank taxes, sales taxes, petroleum taxes, real estate taxes and many others, dating back to 2003.”
Here’s the report: