(04/14/2014)
State gets 'C' for transparency in government spending

By Phil Kabler
Charleston Gazette

Lack of information about economic development subsidies hurt West Virginia's score in the 2014 edition of the U.S. Public Interest Group's annual report on transparency in government spending in the 50 states.

For a second year in a row, West Virginia on Tuesday received a grade of C in the new edition of "Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data."

Phineas Baxandall , senior analyst for U.S. PIRG, noted that West Virginia has comprehensive and easy-to-access checkbook-level information on state contracts and spending, but provides only limited information on economic development subsidies.

"Its seems there's a real disparity between how transparent they're being on economic development subsidies, compared to quite a few other states," he said ...

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