Spending facts: New Jersey has to be more open

From The Daily Journal:

Government transparency is certainly not New Jersey’s middle name. But the state does get a middle grade for its spending transparency, earning a “C” in the fourth annual report on spending openness from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Using U.S. PIRG terminology, that means New Jersey is among a large collection of “emerging” states, which is at least better than the lagging and failing states behind them.


Temmessee House, Senate back public notices

From Times-Gazette:

The Tennessee House of Representatives gave final approval March 25 to the Tennessee Press Association-supported bill requiring newspapers that publish public notices to post them on their local website and also to www.tnpublicnotice.com — TPA’s statewide aggregate website.

The bill, which takes effect April 1, 2014, also stipulates those extra services will be at no extra charge.


New Jersey just got 600 more websites transparent

From Sunshine Review

Literally, New Jersey just got 600 more websites transparent.   A law passed this last January is requiring 600 local entities,  such as  water utilities, port authorities and county park commissions, to provide budgets, audit reports, meeting dates, contacts and other information on the Internet.