Massachusetts to Get New Web Site With State Payroll and Spending Data

The state of Massachusetts is about to get a new Web site with state payroll and spending information. “Massachusetts’ notoriously opaque state government is about to get more transparent, with the launch of a website detailing state payroll and spending data. Comptroller Thomas G. Shack III says his office’s site, dubbed ‘CTHRU’ and set to go live Sept. 14, will give the news media, public interest groups, and others an important tool to uncover waste and fraud.”

As I live in North Carolina, where government is in the bathroom (literally), I cannot say anything about the government in other states. But this quote later in the story made me go wow: “Massachusetts is the only state, for instance, where the governor’s office, the Legislature, and the judiciary all claim to be exempt from public records law.”

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