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Texas Earns An A- For Transparency In Government Spending

The state ranks fourth in U.S. PIRG’s 2014 “Following the Money” report.


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Texas earned an A- in this year’s Following the Money report, produced by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The score is based on the content and ease of use of state transparency websites. Texas’ site, operated by the State Comptroller’s office, won perfect grades for tracking contracts and expenditures. But it fell a bit short in tracking economic development subsidies.

Sara Smith is program director for the Texas Public Interest Research Group.

“I think that it’s really important that, you know, when we’re making really tough budget decisions, like we’ve had to do in the past year recently in Texas, that we actually know where our money is going and we know when we ought to spend something on one thing versus another, that that money is actually being used and is in the public interest.”

Texas came in fourth in the national rankings, close behind Indiana, Oregon, and Florida. California ranked last.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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