Nebraska ranks dead last on a new national study that grades the 50 states based on the information available on its government websites
Nebraska ranks dead last on a new national study that grades the 50 states based on the information available on its government websites. Kristin McMurray, editor of the Sunshine Review, says the criteria involve what she calls "common sense" items people would want to see on websites for city, county and state governments and for school districts.
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Nebraska got a grade of C-minus, up from a D last year, but the Husker state still ranked at the bottom for government transparency with Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and South Dakota. Learn more at Sunshine-Review-dot-org.
Nebraska got a grade of C-minus on a study of government transparency, the worst grade among the 50 states. Kristin McMurray, editor of the Sunshine Review, is offering some tips to Nebraska government web managers.
The government websites were graded, A to F, measuring available content available against a checklist of information all governments should provide to citizens. Transparency empowers citizens, she says, and people are entitled to crucial information on how public business is conducted and how public money is spent. Without this information, voters cannot hold government accountable.
The top five best performing states were California, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington.
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