|AR Gov't Transparency Grade|
“This is frustrating news to Arkansans. You never want to hear your state is one of seven to receive a failing grade especially in something like government transparency. I believe that Senate Bill 221 otherwise known as The Arkansas Financial Transparency Act will provide the accountability Arkansans deserve as well as help eliminate wasteful spending. The Department of Finance and Administration estimates the online checkbook will be up and running by July 2012.
Government Magazines Rates States on Government Transparency
Today, states’ use of stimulus funds has already decreased dramatically, and the board that monitors the spending sunsets next year. Yet even as the stimulus slowly fades from the spotlight, it’s becoming clear that, for many people, no economic study or analysis will ever provide definitive proof of ARRA’s impact, or lack thereof. The legislation has become too much of a partisan lightning rod, symbolizing everything the political left believes government should do to fix the ailing economy, and everything the right believes is causing it to slump.
But there is one area where the legislation has had a definitive effect, one clear impact that transcends politics and is almost universally acknowledged: The stimulus has done more to promote transparency at almost all levels of government than any piece of legislation in recent memory. (Ryan Holeywell, Governing Magazine, February 2012)
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