West Virginia officials said they plan to improve the state's transparency website once the state completes its $98 million "Enterprise Resource Planning" project, which will link state agencies' financial data.
"It will greatly enhance and expand the possible applications for researching state funds," said Justin Southern, a spokesman for Auditor Glen Gainer. "TransparencyWV will be completely remade to take advantage of the new system."
Southern said the website now is updated daily and "provides an open book into the state's finances."
The PIRG report said "top-flight" transparency websites can save money for taxpayers, while also restoring public confidence in government and preventing misspending and "pay-to-play" contracts.
"The state of West Virginia still has better than average transparency and can get back on top by further improving the breadth and ease of access of online government spending information," Baxandall said. "Given the state's difficult budget choices, West Virginians need to be able to follow the money."
The states with the highest-graded websites were Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Oklahoma.
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