Route Fifty: Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites

Route Fifty: Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites. “State governments are raising the bar on what it means to be transparent about their spending, with two states launching new budget websites this month that allow citizens to examine expenditures in near-real time.”

KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger

KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger. “Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday announced the launch of Oklahoma Checkbook, a website aimed to help people understand how their taxpayer dollars are being spent. Oklahoma Checkbook provides near real-time data on the state’s expenses, ensuring that people can quickly and easily review the state’s ledger, according to a news release. Stitt also said the website will provide a ‘greater means of accountability and transparency,’ a platform on which he ran on during his gubernatorial bid.”

Business News Wales: £1 Million for Museums, Archives and Libraries in Wales

Business News Wales: £1 Million for Museums, Archives and Libraries in Wales. “In addressing the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales Annual Conference last week, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord-Elis-Thomas, announced that museums, archives and libraries in Wales will benefit from nearly £1 million Welsh Government capital funding to develop and enhance their facilities and services.”

‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records (Virginia Mercury)

Virginia Mercury: ‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records. “The Library of Virginia has slowly processed electronic gubernatorial records with reduced state money for eight years. The library is primarily funded by the state, but the agency has lost more than 60 positions in the last decade because of decreases in funding, Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway said. The Library of Virginia currently gets $6.4 million a year from the state and operates a foundation to collect and manage donations Lawmakers have put pressure on the library to work faster, but have shied away from giving the library funding it would need to do so. “

Bangor Daily News: Our national memory is endangered

Bangor Daily News: Our national memory is endangered. “America is losing its memory. The National Archives and Records Administration is in a budget crisis. More than a resource for historians or museum of founding documents, NARA stands at the heart of American democracy. It keeps the accounts of our struggles and triumphs, allows the people to learn what their government has done and is doing and it maintains records that fill in family histories. Genealogy researchers depend on it, as do journalists filing Freedom of Information Act requests. If Congress doesn’t save it, we all will suffer.”

Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website (WRAL)

WRAL: Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website. “The site debuted Thursday and shows financial info for every school system in the state, including average teacher salaries, textbook funding and class sizes. Similar to the state’s School Report Card website, the new dashboard will allow state and local leaders, researchers, news media, community members, and educators and parents to learn more about the funding that goes into, and is spent on, the state’s K-12 public schools.”

WOLA: New Online Database by WOLA Tracks U.S. Assistance to Central America

WOLA: New Online Database by WOLA Tracks U.S. Assistance to Central America. “Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a leading advocacy and research organization, is launching a database tracking U.S. assistance to Central America. This searchable database is designed to help journalists, policymakers, and citizens gain a clearer understanding about where U.S. aid to Central America is going and what kinds of programs it’s supporting. It aims to make it easier to monitor and understand how the United States is implementing the U.S. Strategy for Central America, a multi-year plan launched in 2015 to help address the root causes of migration. Users can search for U.S. programs by year, category, recipient country, and funding account.”