Arizona’s state government transparency grade has dropped from an 'A-minus' last year to a 'B' this year. That is according to the latest “Following the Money” report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.
Byron Schlomach of the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute says the lower grade does not mean Arizona is slipping back. It just means that over time, other states innovate by providing more information about state spending, and displaying that information in more user-friendly ways on their websites.
Schlomach has worked closely with PIRG on transparency issues. The “Arizona Open Books” website gets high marks from PIRG for being searchable and providing extensive disclosure about state contracts and spending.
However, the state gets dinged for a lack of information about economic development tax credits.