Stats NZ: New online tool shows how your rates are spent. “New Zealanders can see how local councils spend money collected from rates in a simple online tool, Stats NZ said today…. By using the tool’s filters, you can choose any council around the country and the graph shows where the rates go, by specific activity. Each time you select a different council, the graph dynamically changes to your choice.” I was confused about “rates” but I believe this means property rates … what I would refer to as property taxes (usually with some swearing when I see the bill.)
Stuff NZ: Online advertising: NZ Government spends millions with Facebook, Google and other social media platforms. “Government departments have invested hundreds of millions in advertising on social media platforms in the past five years in order to reach the precise and captive audiences offered only in those online spaces. However, the ethics of public bodies capitalising on the algorithmic models offered by the likes of Facebook and Google is being called into question in a post-Christchurch terror attack world.”
Windsor Star (Canada): Social media sites like Facebook take in lion’s share of federal ad dollars. “Of the $39.2 million spent on government advertisements last year, federal departments spent almost $18.2 million on digital ads — roughly 46 per cent of the total budget, which doesn’t include production costs. And, for the first time ever, social media ads made up the biggest slice of digital spending — 43 per cent, or roughly $7.8 million.” Please note this is Canada, not the United States.
WSAZ: Website tracks how West Virginia spends taxpayer money. “You can track how state government is spending every dollar of your taxes, and the website is revealing spending habits of different state departments, including the highly scrutinized Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. The West Virginia State Auditor spoke to the Cabell Commission Thursday about a new website that tracks every dollar spent in real time.”
WTHI: Indiana Auditor Unveils New Government Transparency Website. “A new online tool can help Indiana residents keep track of government spending. State Auditor Tera Klutz unveiled a revamped Indiana Transparency Portal website on Tuesday.”
The Guardian: IMF to launch global public and private borrowing database. “With global debt currently at a record high, the International Monetary Fund is launching a database of public and private borrowing across 190 countries – virtually the entire world – dating back to the 1950s. In April the fund said the global economy was more indebted than before the financial crisis and immediate action needed to be taken before the next downturn. It said worldwide debt now stood at $164tn, equal to 225% of global GDP and up from a previous record of 213% in 2009.”
FedScoop: Inspectors general unveil new website for reports from across government. “The investigative work of inspectors general from across the federal government can now be found in a single digital location. … The website, launched officially Monday, features audits, investigations, evaluations and special reviews from the IGs of 67 agencies and includes more than 5,800 previously released reports.”