The United States Public Interest Research Group in Boston in cooperation with OSPIRG has released its fifth annual report on the transparency of government spending, and Oregon has ranked second in the country behind Indiana.
Up from eighth place a year ago, Oregon received an overall score of 93.5 and a corresponding letter grade of A-. The grading criteria include:
- the visibility of check book level spending
- an easily navigated state transparency website
- the use of economic tax subsidies for each state agency
Celeste Meiffren, OSPIRG’s consumer and taxpayer advocate, says the improved score is impressive.
“The fact that we improved to second place is even more impressive due to the standards of the test being raised this year over that of last year,” says Meiffren.
An area of improvement, Meiffren says, is to show the subsidy spending of all agencies in the state, not just the big ones. The other objective is to maintain transparency.
- Celeste Meiffren-Swango: consumer and taxpayer advocate for OSPIRG