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.”
Texas Monitor: New tracking tool shows Texas Republican congressmen among big spenders. “The nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending, which created the website, gets its totals from Congressional Budget Office estimates. The tracker uses the up-or-down votes by members of the U.S. House and Senate on spending-related legislation, aggregating the spending contained in each bill for each member who votes yes. That provides a figure for each D.C. lawmaker.”
The Lincoln Institute has expanded its municipal finance information database (PRESS RELEASE). “Created in 2013, the FiSC database provided the first meaningful comparison of local government finances at the city level by untangling the complex web of governmental entities in each city – including counties, independent school districts and special districts – to provide an overview of revenues raised from city residents and businesses and spent on their behalf. The database includes data for each year from 1977-2012, tracking more than 120 categories of revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets.”