In Montana, Government transparency improves

Montana is one of the most improved states in transparency and online access to government spending information, a study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund showed.

The report, released this week, gave Montana a transparency score of 86 or a B. Montana’s score was 57 or a D in 2013. Montana was ranked as one of the top 10 most improved states in government transparency by the group.

The study said Montana improved its website to provide centrally accessible information on the millions of dollars in tax expenditures such as deductions and tax exemptions and exclusions given to individuals and corporations. Likewise, the state website now lists economic development subsidies, which empowers Montanans to monitor the awards given to companies to grow the economy. Continue>>>